Office of Research Development (ORD)

Research Development Services:

Office of Research Development Staff are available to meet with faculty on a 1:1 basis to develop a grant funding plan to advance your research and scholarship agendas.  Please contact Jason Charland for more information.

Please visit the ORD website periodically for updates on funding, training, and resources.

UMaine Faculty Research Funds - Summer Faculty Research

Award applications are due 3/7/19 at 4:30pm
  • Eligibility is limited to full-time faculty.
  • This includes tenured, tenure-eligible, and soft-money faculty for whom research is an expected component of their appointment.
  • This program is not intended to support the collective efforts of multiple investigators.
  • Faculty who have received this award during the previous two years are not eligible.
  • Only one submission per person, per competition is allowed.
  • Faculty members receiving start-up funds that included summer salary are ineligible for this competition for a period of two years.
  • Proposed projects should be completed during Summer 2019.

For more information about the program and to submit an application, please visit the InfoReady grant review portal.

UMaine Research Travel Fund

The OVPRDGS is pleased to announce a new faculty support program designed to increase engagement with federal program officers.  A limited amount of $500 mini grants will be provided to full time UMaine faculty for the purposes of meeting with federal funding agency program officers to discuss how their research interests align with the goals of the agency.  To apply, faculty should send an email to Jason Charland with the following information:

  • Proposed agency and program officer name
  • Time frame and location of meeting
  • Can visits to additional agencies be accomplished in the trip? If so, please describe.
  • 250 word (or less) description of the research to be explored
  • Willingness to share the experience with other members of the research community

Travel requests will be reviewed by the Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate School and decisions will be rendered within 30 days of the request.  Recipients of awards are responsible for making their own travel arrangements and using Concur to process expenses to their department E&G. The UMaine Research – Faculty Travel Fund will reimburse costs associated with the trip by cost adjustment after receiving a copy of the travel expense report and a copy of the expenses charged to their department general ledger. 

To apply, please follow the following link.

UMaine Arctic Network

Many of us affiliated with the University of Maine have an educational, outreach, or research interest in the Arctic and the impact of the changing Arctic on New England. The research and educational activities and impacts relate to a breadth of topics, including sea level rise, permafrost deterioration, transportation, coastal erosion, traditional practices, economic and personal health, forestry, and fisheries, among many others. In recent months, several dozen members of the UMaine community have participated in preliminary discussions about creating a network of New England-based institutions with significant interest and capacity in the Arctic. The purposes of such a network include:

  • Broadening collaboration potential across disciplines, including convergence research
  • Partnering in decentralized research, education, and outreach
  • Raising awareness of opportunities for students
  • Preparing for funding announcements associated with “Navigating the New Arctic”, one of the National Science Foundation’s Big Ideas

By bringing together our collective expertise in new ways, and more efficiently, we have real potential to address a range of Arctic-related issues spanning seemingly disparate fields.

At an August 2018 meeting, a group of UMaine faculty and researchers identified two items that could be moved forward in the near term here on campus: (1) to create a directory of content and technical expertise at UMaine, and (2) to initiate a seminar series to share expertise and provide discussion space about research and other initiatives.

We are in the process of scheduling the seminars, and subsequent campus announcements will be sent out in the weeks to come with more details on speakers and locations.

This message is a broad call to the UMaine campus community to identify people interested in being listed in the directory, which will be managed by the Office of Research Development. You can use the directory to help identify people with complementary expertise on campus, and we will use it to distribute announcements about Arctic-related or -impacted activities, including funding calls and research collaboration planning opportunities.

To join the network, now or at a future time, please complete the information at:

You can find information and reports about UMaine Arctic Network meetings to date at:


If you would like more information about this network, please contact Jason Charland, Director of Research Development, or Chris Gerbi, Associate Dean for Research in the College of Natural Sciences Forestry and Agriculture.

External Funding Opportunities:        

The ORD funding opportunities site features a curated list of grant solicitations aligned with UMaine’s Signature and Emerging Areas: