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The University of Maryland engages in strategic partnerships with a variety of external organizations. Research and innovation generated through partnerships between academia, industry and government can help solve national and international challenges and spur economic development.
Need a customized hardware, software, storage and backup, or online solution for your research project? Speak with one of our IT professionals to set you on the right path toward maximizing your resources and utilizing the IT infrastructure that the University offers. We can help you develop a plan for your proposal, estimate costs for budgets, plan for data access and security concerns, and connect you with the resources you need to complete your research.
Our professionals provide expert guidance, project consultation, and technical assistance on various aspects of data curation, especially creating and disseminating open data, code, and other research products. You can consult us about data governance issues, documentation and metadata, data sharing and publishing, long-term archiving, and related topics. In some cases, we can perform pre-dissemination cleaning, transformation, and integration. In addition, we can help with data management or data sharing plans for funding agencies and journals.
Statistical consulting is free to all members of the UMD research community (undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, staff), in all departments and disciplines. Research is increasingly data-driven, and we are available to answer your statistics and analysis questions through email or an in-person consultation. We currently specialize in SAS, SPSS, R, and can also provide support on Survey Design and Analysis.
Subject Specialist Librarians can help by providing one-on-one research assistance, purchasing materials (including data) in your discipline, answering questions about publishing and copyright issues, and identifying gaps in the literature when you're planning a research project, and navigating library resources. Visit the Meet Your Librarian page to find out more about your librarian and request an appointment.
The University of Maryland has a variety of state-of-the-art facilities and laboratories across campus. Find out more about these facilities and how you can use them in your research.
The John and Stella Graves Makerspace is a center where the UMD community can use technology and tools to create prototypes, experiment and learn. Try new equipment and experiment with all sorts of materials on your own, or attend a workshop. Equipment includes 3D printers, virtual and augmented reality devices, and is available to check out. Guest lectures can also be prepared for classes.
Core facilities are shared services and laboratories available to researchers at the University of Maryland. Some of these facilities are institutional research cores and are available on a fee-for-service basis to UM investigators. Other core facilities are supported by individual departments, specific grants or groups of investigators, and may also be available on a fee-for-service or collaborative basis.
Identify institutes and centers on campus that conduct work in key areas such as advanced computing, energy, engineering, environment and the climate, health and biomedical research, information, data and digital humanities, international studies, language, physical sciences, politics, security and defense.
The OMB Uniform Guidance is a set of regulations that impact the proposals you develop for federal funding, the way grants and contracts are managed, and the cost principles that guide research at the University of Maryland College Park.
The IACUC reviews the use of animals in research, testing and teaching to ensure the humane and ethical use of animals, and compliance with federal laws and their associated regulations, policies and guidelines.Researchers must have IACUC approval to conduct research that involves vertebrate animals.
Laboratory notebooks are commonly used to document the progress of research, but are also an important resource in proving the University's right to obtain a U.S. patent for an invention. Find tips for proper documentation and notebook procedures.
UMD has a mission of promoting academic freedom and sharing of information to the greatest extent possible. However, in some cases, UMD researchers may create or have access to sensitive technologies that are controlled by US export laws. Researchers and administrators dealing in sensitive technologies need to be mindful of the legal restrictions including the significant personal liability associated with handling sensitive technologies. It is the primary goal of the Export Compliance Office (ECO) to protect our researchers and support research advancement by providing the least burdensome approach to complying with US export laws.
The Department of Environmental Safety (DES) ensures the safety of research at the University by aiding researchers in assessing and planning for hazards and risks, implementing controls for safety, and completing safety training. Researchers working with chemical or biological materials, radiation, environmental hazards, fire, boats, and researchers with specialized laboratory requirements should contact DES to prepare for research needs.
Researchers should be familiar with several key University Policies, including: Policy on Intellectual Property and Classified and Proprietary Work, Policy on Conflict of Interest, Export Control, roles and responsibilities, financial transactions and reporting, responsible contracting.
A financial conflict of interest (FCOI) disclosure must be submitted along with a proposal to any Public Health Service (PHS) agency, even if there is no FCOI present. The Research Compliance Office provides assistance in completing the disclosures through www.irbnet.org. Researchers should also complete the required CITI program training on conflict of interest.
The CITI program offers courses to UM researchers on Responsible conduct of research (RCR) and Conflict of Interest (COI). RCR training is required for all undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and staff participating in and supported by funds from the National Science Foundation (NSF) or from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). Required training on COI can also be completed through the CITI program.
RCR training is required for all undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and staff participating in and supported by funds from the National Science Foundation (NSF) or from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).
The IRB approves the initiation of and conducts periodic reviews of research involving human participants. An Institutional Review Board (IRB) is a committee that performs ethical review of proposed research to help assure the protection of the rights and welfare of human participants. Investigators also share the responsibility for protecting human participants. IRB review is required for any project at the University that is engaged in human subjects research by: intervening or interacting with living individuals for research purposes or, obtaining individually identifiable private information for research purposes.
The Office of Technology Commercialization's (OTC) primary purpose is to serve the University's faculty, staff, and students and aid in the technology transfer and commercialization processes. We can help you obtain intellectual property protection, increase your research funding through successful partnerships with business and government, and supplement your income with royalty and licensing revenues. Our interdisciplinary team is here to guide your technology through the often confusing technology transfer cycle.
Data loss can occur at any time as a result of unstable hardware or software, viruses, power surges, or accidents. Protect your research with DIT's data backup service. DIT will configure your backup access according to the data retention and storage management policies you select. Such policies have been engineered with UMD-specific requirements and Disaster Recovery best practices in mind, so you can fully be sure that your backup data is protected, secured and restorable at all times.
Does your research project need access to data storage that allows for growth and worry-free management and security at a competitive price? Many times researchers resort to storing critical, unique data on the cheapest data storage device that offers the capacity they need but with little or no technical support. Consequently, research time and resources are diverted to managing storage hardware. With redundant, enterprise-level hardware, comprehensive support and competitive pricing of our Networked Storage Service, the Division of IT provides this valuable service to university researchers.
The Digital Repository at the University of Maryland (DRUM) collects, preserves, and provides public access to the scholarly output of the university. Faculty and researchers can upload documents, data, code, and other research products for rapid dissemination, global visibility and impact, and long-term preservation. You can track views and downloads of your research, and everything in DRUM is indexed by Google and Google Scholar. You receive a permanent DOI for your items, making it easy for other researchers to cite your work. Depositing research in DRUM can help you satisfy data management and sharing requirements from the NSF, NIH, and other funding agencies and journals.
Webex is the university's Web conferencing and collaboration platform. Webex includes integrated voice through your computer and on-campus dial-in at x50600. Webex enables faculty, staff, and students to meet with internal and external colleagues over the Internet using multi-party conferencing and screen sharing. WebEx is designed to work on PCs, Macs, smartphones, and tablets. Webex provides three "centers": 1) Meeting Center - Video conferencing in your personal virtual meeting room or in a scheduled room. 2) Training Center - Lectures, labs and breakout sessions online and 3) Event Center - Large "broadcast" events and webinars Instructors or room "owners" control how others can communicate within the room; modes include: voice, video, presentations, and chat. Proceedings of a WebEx session can be recorded and shared with students within the ELMS course space via a link to the WebEx service.
Need access to high performance computing software? The Deepthought2 cluster has over 100 different software packages available to users, including biojava, espresso, dart, mathematica, modeltest, nwchem, tophat, and more!