UMS Research Reinvestment Fund (Updated on 10/10/2017)

The objective of the UMS Research Reinvestment Fund (RRF) is to strengthen research, development and commercialization activities that are tied to Maine businesses and to industries that are critical to the future of Maine. The UMS Board of Trustees (BOT) has committed funding for this initiative through FY 2019.

Competitive grant funding competitions for UMS researchers are overseen by the RRF Advisory Board (see below for membership listing). The Advisory Board develops and implements the specific policies, processes, and criteria for RRF allocation for this fund. In addition the Advisory Board oversees the distribution of funds to ensure the greatest impact on research and economic development for the state.

The RRF Advisory Board has revised the RRF Seed Grant Program guidelines and applications for the next round are due by 4:30pm on November 8, 2017. In this fourth round competition, funding preference will be given to projects that can deliver commercialization outputs by the end of the 12 month performance period.

To apply please click on the following link.

The RRF planning grant program is currently in the process of being updated to align with recent changes to the RRF Seed Grant Program and revised guidelines will be posted on this site in the weeks to come. 

The RRF Advisory Board is also in the process of revising competition guidelines and setting competition dates for the student assistantship competitions for 2018 and updated information will be posted to this website when this process has been completed later in the Fall 2017 Semester.

The RRF Advisory Board has developed and implemented three competitive funding programs for faculty and researchers across the UMS:

1.  Seed Grants: The purpose of the Seed Grants are to provide funding for pilot research that will enable UMS faculty/professional staff from all disciplines and ranks to strengthen research, commercialization and economic development activities. UMS faculty and staff from all disciplines and ranks to strengthen research, commercialization, and economic development activities that support Maine businesses and industries critical to the state’s economy. A related goal for seed funds is to better position research groups to be more competitive in obtaining future funding, whether it be federal, state, commercial or private. Proposals may be in either MEIF or non-MEIF topic areas. Collaborative and interdisciplinary proposals, which include two or more campuses and/or external partners are highly encouraged.

 

2.  Planning Grants: The purpose of the Planning Grants is to encourage the formation of new collaborative research teams spanning UMS campuses in an effort to prepare these teams to submit competitive applications to UMS RRF Seed Grant or external funding competitions (federal, state, and/or private).

3. Student Assistantships: UMS faculty/staff are the applicants in these funding requests. The purpose of the RRF student assistantship awards is to provide funding for students to work with UMS faculty/staff on research projects that will enable researchers from all disciplines and ranks to strengthen research, commercialization, and economic development activities that support Maine businesses and industries critical to the state’s economy. A related goal for the RRF student assistantships is to better position research groups to be more competitive in obtaining future funding from federal, state, system or commercial sources. Applications may be in either MEIF or non-MEIF focus areas. Collaborative and interdisciplinary projects, which include UMS campus and/or external partners, are highly encouraged.  

There are two funding programs associated with the student assistantship awards:

Undergraduate Student Assistantships

Assistantships awarded will fund up to $7,000 per student

  • $5k stipend
  • Up to $2k materials, supplies and travel

*limit of 1 student per application

Graduate Student Assistantships

Assistantships awarded will provide up to $30,882 per student

  • $20k stipend
  • Up to 12 credits tuition ($5,016)
  • 50% student health ($1,116)
  • Up to $4,750 materials, supplies and travel

*Limit of 2 students per project

*No more than 2 students per faculty member

Questions? Please contact Jason Charland, Director for Grant Development, University of Maine at 207-581-2461 or jason.charland@maine.edu

Previous RRF Seed Grant, Planning Grant and Graduate Assistant Grant Awardees


2017 Research Reinvestment Fund Activity Report

The latest RRF activity report that was presented to the UMS Board of Trustees on March 27, 2017 is now available.  Since June 2015, the RRF Program has received 234 proposals from UMS researchers spanning all seven campuses. Of these, 76 projects have been competitively selected for awards totaling $2,609,674 in grant funding.  Highlights of the report include details about the progress of the funded projects and noteworthy partnerships with private sector stakeholders.

View the 2017 RRF Activity Report


RRF Advisory Board Members

Name Title Organization
Brian Beal Professor of Marine Ecology University of Maine at Machias
Martha Bentley Director of Innovation Infrastructure Maine Technology Institute (MTI)
Seth Berry Vice President for International Business Development Kennebec River Biosciences
Jason Charland (ex-officio) Director of Grant Development University of Maine
Doug Gardner Professor of Forest Operations, Bioproducts and Bioenergy University of Maine
Kody Varahramyan (Operations Committee) Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate School University of Maine
Mike Kinnison Professor of Evolutionary Applications, School of Biology and Ecology University of Maine
David Neivandt (Operations Committee) Associate Vice President for Research University of Maine
Kris Sahonchik Director, Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy University of Southern Maine
Terry Shehata Senior Policy Associate: Research and Economic Development/
MEIF Coordinator
University of Southern Maine
Rebecca Van Beneden Director of the School of Marine Sciences University of Maine
James Ward (Operations Committee) Vice President of Innovation and Economic Development University of Maine