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Internal Funding Opportunities

Internal Funding

Dean’s Challenge Award to Accelerate Innovation and Discovery in Medicine (ACCEL-Med)

The School of Medicine will support a Dean’s Challenge Award/ACCEL-Med to encourage senior and junior SOM scientists to catalyze the launch of major, multi-disciplinary, collaborative “Big Science” research programs within the School and across Departments, Centers, Institutes and Programs. This funding program is intended to support the generation of pilot data for new and ambitious research projects. In addition, the program will provide mentoring to junior faculty on track to securing their first large external research award.

All applications must be received by October 13, 2017 by 5pm. Guidelines for this opportunity can be found here Deans Challenge Award RFA.


UMB/UMCP & UMB/UMBC Seed Grant Program

The University of Maryland Baltimore offers two internal funding opportunities for researchers collaborating with investigators at the University of Maryland College Park (UMCP) or University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC). More information regarding the two available programs can be found at: UMB UMCP Seed Grant RFA UMB UMBC Seed Grant RFA

The Research and Innovation Seed Grant Program: Fosters creative teams of investigators working across disciplinary boundaries and campuses, supports new research foci and basic science tracks to pursue future health care improvements and/or technologies; and stimulates submission and funding of innovative basic and translational science research proposals to federal, public, or private funding agencies


Passano Foundation Clinician-Investigator Awards for Career Development

The purpose of these Passano Clinician-Investigator Awards is to help protect the research time, and thereby further the acquisition of experience and preliminary results for qualified young UMSOM faculty clinician-investigators during the time that they are applying for external career development grant support.

Proposals must be submitted by October 3, 2017. Guidelines for this opportunity can be found here Passano Award Guidelines.


Innovations in Nephrotic Syndrome Award

The University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) requests applications for innovative research applications pertaining to Nephrotic Syndrome (NS). High impact, collaborative research programs that explore fundamental mechanisms, develop novel diagnostic tools, and/or develop new treatment strategies for Nephrotic Syndrome will be considered.

Proposals must be submitted by December 11, 2017 by 5pm. Guidelines for this opportunity can be found here Innovations in Nephrotic Syndrome Award.


Limited Submission Competition(s):

       2018 Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists:

The Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists recognize the country’s most promising faculty-rank researchers. Our institution is eligible to nominate one young faculty member for each category: Chemistry, Physical Sciences & Engineering, and Life Sciences to submit an application on November 15 2017.

Eligible applicants must have been born in or after 1976, hold a doctorate degree (PhD, DPhil, MD, DDS, DVM, etc), currently hold a faculty position, and currently be conducting research as a principal investigator in one of the categories: Chemistry, Physical Sciences & Engineering, and Life Sciences. All guidelines and details can be found at

Any interested individuals must indicate which category they are applying for:  Chemistry, Physical Sciences & Engineering, or Life Sciences and submit a 1 page research summary highlighting your research accomplishments and an NIH biosketch including a personal statement which addresses the 4 evaluation criteria designated by the Blavatnik Award (quality, impact, novelty, promise), to me ( by October 2, 2017 by 5pm.