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.

Opportunity: Pew Scholars Program

The University of Maine has been invited to nominate a single candidate to compete in the 2020 Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences. The Pew scholars program supports assistant professors of outstanding promise in science relevant to the advancement of human health. The award provides $300,000 in flexible support—$75,000 per year for a four-year period.  Eligibility is listed below and described at this link,

Eligibility criteria
Candidates must have been awarded a doctorate in biomedical sciences, medicine or a related field.

  • As of Oct. 17, 2019, nominees must hold full-time appointments at the rank of assistant professor. (Appointments such as Research Assistant Professor, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Assistant Professor Research Track, Visiting Professor or Instructor are not eligible.)
  • On June 14, 2019, candidates must have been in such an appointment for less than three years (not appointed before June 24, 2016), whether or not such an appointment was on a tenure track. Time spent in clinical internships, residencies, or in work toward board certification does not count as part of this three-year limit.
  • Candidates may be nominated by their institution two times in total. ALL applicants must be nominated by their institution.
  • Based on their performance during their education and training, candidates should demonstrate outstanding promise as contributors in science relevant to human health. Strong proposals will incorporate particularly creative and innovative approaches.
  • Funding from the NIH, other government sources, and project grants from non-profit associations do not pose a conflict with the Pew scholars program.

Visit this link to see the work of previous scholars.
Interested and eligible UMaine assistant professors are invited to submit pre-application materials described below via the UMaine InfoReady grant review portal:

The pre-applications will be reviewed an internal selection committee who will recommend to President Ferrini-Mundy the final candidate to be put forward in this year’s competition. The nominated candidate will be contacted by Pew by July 15th, and asked to submit a full proposal by October 17th.

Pre-application materials due by May 31, 2019 include:

  1. One page research project summary
  2. NIH biosketch
  3. Letter of support from department chair

Contact: Jason Charland

Event: Conversations for Change


President Ferrini-Mundy cordially invites you to participate with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in Conversations for Change.”

Tuesday, May 21, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. and Wednesday, May 22, 9 a.m.–11 a.m. at Wells Conference Center

Today, institutions of higher education face many complex issues — from shifting demographics to aligning graduate education to meeting the needs of both students and the research enterprise to addressing sexual harassment and more. To inform national systemic change, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine released a series of consensus reports that tackled these key issues.

We invite you to join the conversation on the intersection between the changes called for nationally and the initiatives in the UMaine community, and explore a road map for future action.

Conversations for Change

Proposal Development

USDA AFRI Foundational and Applied Sciences
The Office of Research Development (ORD) will be hosting writing groups for interested researchers pursuing this USDA opportunity. Please contact ORD to get involved today.

NSF Education and Human Resources Core Program
June 5, 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. 48 Stodder Hall
Building on the successful planning meeting from April, ORD invites faculty, staff, and researchers from across the university to a “Writing Lunch.” After a brief overview of this funding solicitation, attendees will have the opportunity to join collaborative teams to begin preparing applications. Lunch will be provided.


The Office of Research Development (ORD) is concluding its Spring 2019 workshop series this May. Many of these workshops were addressed to early career faculty, while others were broadly relevant to faculty, staff, and graduate students. See below for the final two opportunities.

Broader Impacts
May 8, 3:00-4:30 p.m. 48 Stodder Hall
The National Science Foundation typically includes “broader impacts” as part of their merit review process.  What are they? How important are they? Who on campus can help? Join ORD staff to learn more about best practices, campus partners, and more.

Perspectives from Reviewers
May 30, noon – 1:30 p.m. 48 Stodder Hall
This ORD workshop will feature University of Maine faculty members who have served as external reviewers of proposals submitted to various agencies including the National Science Foundation. Each will share his or her experiences and tips, and answer questions from the audience.

Funding Opportunities

Check out our grant funding opportunity website! It is internal to the UMaine research community, and updated weekly with a curated list of grant solicitations. Postings include funding opportunities that are relevant to UMaine’s Signature and Emerging Areas.

Bookmark the page so that you can easily check each week for new relevant opportunities!

The site also contains instructions on how individuals can access PIVOT, UMaine’s subscription grant-seeking database, to customize searches based on individual research and scholarship interests. Requests for funding opportunities in specific topic areas to be posted and suggestions for website enhancements can be directed to Allyson Hammond

Allyson is also available to assist faculty with setting up a PIVOT profile, conducting customized searches for funding, and starting the proposal development process.