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.

IURC Grantees Meeting

IURC Grantees MeetingEarlier this Fall a conference for the Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Research Collaborative grantees was held in the Bangor Room of the Memorial Union.  Faculty, students, and external partners for all 9 grant teams gathered to hear presentations on mid-grant progress of the funded projects. Through these interdisciplinary grants, students have the opportunity to be mentored by world-class researchers and participate in the work as those researchers engaged in team science, give presentations, write grant applications, and conduct hands on research. Teams are also engaged in writing publications and several students had the opportunity to present on the research themselves at the grantees conference.  A video of the meeting can be viewed at the following link and meeting materials can also be viewed here.

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.  To apply, please follow this link.

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.  To apply, please follow this link.

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.

Fall 2018 External Funding Opportunities:        

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

Upcoming Foundation Deadlines:

Digital Humanities Advancement Grants (NEH)

Due Date: 1/15/19
Funding: $325,000
Research Areas: Humanities; Computer Science
Synopsis: Digital Humanities Advancement Grants support digital projects at different stages throughout their lifecycles, from early start-up phases through implementation and sustainability. Experimentation, reuse, and extensibility are hallmarks of this program, leading to innovative work that can scale to enhance scholarly research, teaching, and public programming in the humanities. You can find a discussion of the forms that experimentation can take in the Frequently Asked Questions document. This program is offered twice per year. Proposals are welcome for digital initiatives in any area of the humanities. Through a special partnership with NEH and pending the availability of appropriated funds, the Institute of Museum and Library Services anticipates providing additional funding to this program to encourage innovative collaborations between museum or library professionals and humanities professionals to advance preservation of, access to, use of, and engagement with digital collections and services. IMLS and NEH may jointly fund some DHAG projects that involve collaborations with museums and/or libraries. Digital Humanities Advancement Grants may involve creating or enhancing experimental, computationally-based methods, techniques, or infrastructure that contribute to the humanities; pursuing scholarship that examines the history, criticism, and philosophy of digital culture and its impact on society; or conducting evaluative studies that investigate the practices and the impact of digital scholarship on research, pedagogy, scholarly communication, and public engagement.
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

Due Date: Rolling
Funding: Unspecified
Research Areas: STEM Education, Technology
Synopsis:  The Sloan Foundation provides grants to support original research and broad-based education related to science, technology, and economic performance  and  to  improve  the  quality  of  American  life.  Programs include: Basic Research; STEM Higher Education; Public Understanding of Science, Technology and Economics; Digital Information Technology; and Economic Performance and Quality of Life.

Contact: Debbie Smith

National Science Foundation EHR Core Research

Due Date: 1/24/2019
Funding: Variable (Total Award: $35,000,000)
Research Areas: STEM; Workforce Development
Synopsis: The ERC program seeks proposals for fundamental research (basic research or use-inspired basic research) that advances knowledge in one or more of the three Research Tracks: 1) Research on STEM Learning and Learning Environments, 2) Research on Broadening Participation in STEM fields, and 3) Research on STEM Workforce Development. Emphasis is placed on the rigorous development of theory and accumulation of knowledge to inform efforts to address challenges in STEM interest, learning, and participation, for all groups and all ages in formal and informal settings.

National Science Foundation: Designing Materials to Revolutionize and Engineer our Future
Due Date: 2/04/19
Funding: $1,000,000 – $1,750,000
Research Areas: Computer Science; Engineering; Mathematic and Information Science
Synopsis: DMREF is the primary program by which NSF participates in the Materials Genome Initiative (MGI) for Global Competitiveness. MGI recognizes the importance of materials science and engineering to the well-being and advancement of society and aims to “deploy advanced materials at least twice as fast as possible today, at a fraction of the cost.” MGI integrates materials discovery, development, property optimization, and systems design with a shared computational framework. This framework facilitates collaboration and coordination of research activities, analytical tools, experimental results, and critical evaluation in pursuit of the MGI goals.

Contact: Kim Goff 

AY 18-19 Internal Grant Deadlines:

Program announcements for FY 2019 internal grant programs have been released and can be viewed in UMaine’s InfoReady grant review portal:

A summary of programs and associated due dates are listed below.  Please review the program announcements located within InfoReady for more information related to eligibility, available funding, application instructions, and follow-on grant submission expectations.  

UMaine Faculty Research Funds:

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

 For more information please contact: Jason Charland