UMaine Medicine Grant Programs

VP Varahramyan has launched the UMaine Medicine initiative and two new competitive grant programs have been created to support this new and exciting endeavor:

UMaine Medicine Seed Grants

This program requires three or more full time UMaine faculty to work together on a health and life sciences research pilot project that will generate preliminary data/proof of concept results leading to a submission to NIH by June 30, 2020.  A limited number of twelve month projects with budgets of up to $60K will be selected and project performance periods will span March 1, 2019 to February 28, 2020.  Applicants will describe their proposed pilot study in a three page concept paper, include a budget and justification, as well as NIH biosketches from the faculty team.  Applicants need to articulate in their concept papers specific NIH programs that will be pursued and by when. Allowable budget items include:  summer salary/fringe, student employment support, and research supplies

Application deadline is January 22, 2019. 

UMaine Medicine Infrastructure Grants

This program will provide up to $100K to support research infrastructure needs that will increase UMaine’s ability to compete in and attract NIH funding.  Eligible applicants include faculty and professional staff at UMaine.  Equipment and instrumentation purchased via this funding mechanism will automatically be affiliated with UMaine’s Coordinated Operating Research Entities (CORE) program.  Requests of over $100K will be considered with the understanding that applicants will secure matching funds from other sources, including industry partners, external users, and non-university funding sources.  A limited number of six month projects will be selected and project start dates are anticipated to be March 1, 2019. 

Application deadline is January 22, 2019.

Research Development Services

Our services include:

  • Assisting research teams with proposal development
  • Identifying targeted funding opportunities
  • Training and technical assistance related to grant writing
  • Grant resubmission support
  • Limited competition management
  • Internal grant funding organization and support

Writing Groups

Writing groups for USDA, NSF, and NIH grants will commence during the academic year in preparation for common grant due dates. If you need assistance with specific grant training, please contact Jason Charland.


Grants 101

Upcoming Grant Deadlines

Internal Grants

UMaine Faculty Research Funds:

  • Presidential Research and Creative Achievement Award Nominations – 02/08/19
  • Summer Faculty Research awards – 03/07/2019

UMS Research Reinvestment Fund

Information about how to apply can be found on UMaine’s InfoReady grant review portal.