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.

Highlighted Funding Opportunities

NSF EHR Core Research Program

Due Date: October 3, 2019

The EHR Core Research program (ECR) invites proposals for fundamental research (basic research or use-inspired basic research) that advances knowledge in one or more of the three Research Tracks: Research on STEM Learning and Learning Environments, Research on Broadening Participation in STEM fields, and Research on STEM Workforce Development.

ECR supports a wide range of research activities. ECR seeks to fund fundamental research that could involve the collection of new qualitative or quantitative data, secondary analyses using extant datasets, or meta-analyses. In addition, ECR supports research to develop innovative research methods, metrics, and conceptual models to measure existing and emerging phenomena, and to test theories that inform core scientific questions about STEM education and learning.

The three levels of funding should align with the maturity of the proposed work, the size and scope of the empirical effort, and the capacity of the team to conduct the proposed research:

(1) Level I proposals: have a maximum award size of $500,000 and a maximum duration of 3 years;
(2) Level II proposals have a maximum award size of $1,500,000 and a maximum duration of 3 years;
(3) Level III proposals have a maximum award size of $2,500,000 and a maximum duration of 5 years.

Agriculture and Food Research Initiative – Foundational and Applied Science Program

Due Dates (Vary By Program): June to December

Synopsis: The AFRI Foundational and Applied Science Program supports grants in six AFRI priority areas to advance knowledge in both fundamental and applied sciences important to agriculture. The six priority areas are: Plant Health and Production and Plant Products; Animal Health and Production and Animal Products; Food Safety, Nutrition, and Health; Bioenergy, Natural Resources, and Environment; Agriculture Systems and Technology; and Agriculture Economics and Rural Communities. Research-only, extension-only, and integrated research, education and/or extension projects are solicited in this Request for Applications (RFA).

Contact the Office of Research Development if you are interested in submitting a proposal or joining a research team.

More Funding Information

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!

Requests for funding opportunities in specific topic areas to be posted and suggestions for website enhancements can be directed to Allyson Hammond (


UMaine provides access to a powerful grant-seeking database, PIVOT. This is an excellent tool to identify funding prospects and to match research activities with appropriate sponsors. PIVOT can be used to customize searches based on individual research and scholarship interests.

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

Future Opportunities from AAUW - Open in August 2019

Research Grant in Engineering, Medicine, and Science
• Awards range from $10K to $35K. Closing date is December 1, 2019
• Grants are open to women scholars conducting basic research in engineering, medicine, or physical or biological sciences. AAUW follows the National Science Foundation’s definition of basic research: “activity aimed at acquiring new knowledge or understanding without specific immediate commercial application or use.”
• The grantee must plan to publish this research in a scholarly scientific publication within six months of the end of the grant year and be listed as the sole author, senior author, first author, or an author of equivalent significance.
• Applicants must hold a doctorate degree in engineering, medicine, or the physical or biological sciences.
• Tenured professors are not eligible. The grants are for tenure track, part-time, and temporary faculty, as well as new and established researchers at universities.

American Fellowships Short-Term Research Publication Grant
• Award amount is $6,000. Closing date is November 1, 2019
• American Fellowships are open to women scholars in all fields of study.
• Short-Term Research Publication Grants applicants must hold a Ph.D., Ed.D., D.B.A., M.F.A., J.D., M.D., D.M.D., D.V.M., D.S.W., or M.P.H. at the time of application.
• Tenured professors are not eligible. The grants are for tenure-track, part-time, and temporary faculty, as well as new and established researchers at universities.
• Scholars with strong publication records should seek funding elsewhere.
• Time must be available for eight consecutive weeks of final manuscript preparation. While many recipients, especially full-time faculty members, will use the awards during the summer, recipients may use the funds at any time during the fellowship year.
• All applicants must demonstrate that the support will result in a reduction of their ongoing work-related activities.
• The grants are not for preliminary research. Activities undertaken during the grant period can include drafting, editing, or modifying manuscripts; replicating research components; responding to issues raised through critical review; and other initiatives to increase the likelihood of publication.

American Fellowships Post-Doctoral Research Leave Fellowships
• Award amount is $30,000. Closing date is November 1, 2019.
• American Fellowships are open to women scholars in all fields of study.
• American Postdoctoral Research Leave Fellowship applicants must hold a doctorate classified as a research degree (e.g., Ph.D., Ed.D., D.B.A., D.M.) or an M.F.A at the time of application.
• Tenured professors are not eligible.
• An AAUW American Fellow is expected to pursue her project full time during the funding period (July 1–June 30). However, Fellows may work up to 15 hours per week, or teach one section of one course per semester or term, with prior written approval from AAUW.
• The AAUW American Fellowships stipend must be larger than any other single award or remunerative position (excluding sabbatical support or support from a program that is the functional equivalent of sabbatical leave) received during the fellowship year and must be acknowledged as the major award.
• American Postdoctoral Fellowships funds are not available for
• Purchase of equipment
• Indirect costs
• Research assistants
• Previous expenditures, deficits, or repayment of loans
• Publication costs
• Institutional (overhead) costs
• Tuition for dependent’s education
• Tuition for additional coursework

For more information please contact Deborah Smith (