Resources for Research Faculty
Research Related Resources
Office of Research
Overview of SOM’s areas of research focus and resources available to SOM faculty in Offices of the Dean, Research Websites and Research Centers.
- NOTE: This is the home page for all SOM research offices and resources
- Reviewing and managing the pre-award process
- Identifying and notifying departments and faculty members about funding opportunities
- Assisting with limited grant submissions and university funded award programs
- Assembling and submitting large/complex multi-PI grant applications
- The ORA can provide assistance in acquiring letters of support, assembling and proofreading proposals, etc. but require that all requests for assistance be made at least two months prior to the proposal deadline.
- Identifying and establishing new, interdisciplinary research collaborations
- Interfacing between departmental research administrators and university compliance staff
Office of Research Affairs
The ORA staff provides a wide range of services to SOM faculty including:
Joni M. Prasad, PhD
Assistant Dean for Research Affairs
Chief Conflict of Interest Officer
Phone: (410) 706-6353
UMSOM Center for Innovative Biomedical Resources (CIBR)
CIBR provides specialized expertise, cutting-edge technologies, and sophisticated scientific resources supporting a robust basic, clinical and translational biomedical research environment.
Nicholas Ambulos, PhD, Director
UMSOM Biostatistics Shared Service
Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Office Hours
Tuesdays, 12:00 – 1:00pm
660 W. Redwood Street, Howard Hall, Suite 109
The Division of Biostatistics & Bioinformatics will hold office hours. This is geared towards researchers from around campus who may be considering statistical needs, pilot studies, etc. Current faculty collaborators and students may continue to make appointments with the biostatisticians as necessary.
General Clinical Research Center (GCRC)
The GCRC is available to all University of Maryland investigators who have a need for Center resources and who will conduct clinical research of scientific merit. Studies funded by federal sources, foundations, industry and other sources are welcome. The GCRC welcomes pilot studies that may lead to future peer-reviewed clinical research. The GCRC can provide investigators with the resources they need to conduct clinical research, including and the facilities for inpatient and outpatient data collection and patient care, as well as a state-of-the-art DEXA Facility.
UMB Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR)
Provides resources for investigators conducting translations research including: core services, internal funding opportunities, and education and training opportunities
HSHSL Library Resources for Faculty Members
The HSHSL Library provides a range of services including:
- Consultations regarding information and literature searches
- Workshops on database searching, citation managers, new information technologies
- Assistance with conducting a systematic review
- Review of IRB consent forms
- Presentation practice studio
Christina Pabon-Buck, MSLIS, Research, Education and Outreach Librarian
Health Sciences and Human Services Library, UMB
Human Research Protections Office
The institutional review board (IRB) is designated to approve, monitor, and review biomedical and behavioral research involving humans. They often conduct some form of risk-benefit analysis in an attempt to determine whether or not research should be done. The number one priority of IRBs is to protect human subjects from physical or psychological harm.
Jon Mark Hirshon, MD, MPH, PhD, IRB Chair
HRPO helps Investigators:
- Design, write, and organize research protocols
- Maintain compliance with UMB, IRB, and federal policies, procedures, and regulations
- Create and submit IRB applications via CICERO
- Ensure protection of human research participants
Julie Doherty, DM, MSN, Human Protections Administrator
Conflict of Interest and Conflict of Commitment
Joni M. Prasad, PhD
Assistant Dean for Research Affairs
Chief Conflict of Interest Officer
Phone: (410) 706-6353
Tools for Identifying Collaborators/Mentors
NIH RePORTER Tool: http://projectreporter.nih.gov/reporter.cfm
Search portfolios of funded research by NIH, AHRQ, CDC, HRSA, SAMHSA, FDA and VA.
UMB Faculty Profiles: https://www.umaryland.edu/research/umb-research-profile/faculty-profiles/
Resources for Grants
Institutional information for grants (to be used for facilities/institutional environment)
Clinical trial recruitment and retention templates
Sample & templates for budget and budget justification
Navigating NIH Funding & Best Practices: https://nexus.od.nih.gov/all/2023/04/20/navigating-the-nih/
Resource to help early stage investigators understand the process for preparing and submitting grant applications, including available NIH resources to use when applying for NIH funding.
CSR Early Career (ECR) Reviewer Program: https://public.csr.nih.gov/ForReviewers/BecomeAReviewer/ECR
“The program aims to help early career scientists become more competitive as grant applicants through first-hand experience with peer review and to enrich and diversify CSR’s pool of trained reviewers.”
Internal Funding Opportunities
ICTR Voucher Program
Up to $5,000 to help defray the costs of services needed to generate preliminary data for grant applications/peer-reviewed publications. Services that may be eligible for voucher support include those listed at these sites: CIBR, GCRC, BIORESCO, NORC, and UMMC* IDS and some community-engaged research expenses. Three opportunities are supported through this mechanism: ICTR Innovative Collaboration Pilot Grant, ICTR Artificial Intelligence / Cybersecurity/Machine Learning Pilot Grant, ICTR Community-Engaged Research Pilot Grant.
ICTR ATIP Grant Program
UMB ICTR Accelerated Translational Incubator Pilot (ATIP) Grant provides up to $50,000 direct costs to provide starter funds for projects specifically focused on innovative, translational research that involve faculty from the UMB Schools of Dentistry, Law, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, or Social Work; UMBC, and UMB-community partnerships.
UMB ICTR KL2 Mentored Career Development Award
The awards support the career development of individuals dedicated to a career in clinical investigation and who aspire to develop into future leaders in clinical research. Support is provided for three years. The initial two years, based upon satisfactory progress, is provided by each school’s Institutional funds. The final year is provided by the applicant’s home division/department or UMB School.
University of Maryland Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center (UM-OAIC) Pilot Program
The Center will consider funding 3 pilot projects, one of which will be technology focused, with budgets up to $50,000. This funding is designed to provide start-up support for quality research proposals of high relevance to the Center’s mission, which addresses the process by which function is lost, and the multiple factors that affect the onset, and progression of disability in older adults. Please contact Anne Sullens (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions.
University of Maryland Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center (UM-OAIC) Micro Funds
The Center is excited to offer the opportunity for Pepper Center pilot investigators and junior scholars as well as Pepper Center affiliates that are interested in applying for a pilot or junior scholar position in the future to apply for micro-funds ranging from $500-$1,000 for a current project that relates to the Pepper Center theme. There is no deadline to apply as funds are available on an as needed basis. Requests should be submitted to Anne Sullens (email@example.com)
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. The award is for $37,500 per year for up to two years. For more information please contact Marey Shriver (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Maryland Innovation Initiative
The Maryland Innovation Initiative (MII) is a grant program created to advance the commercialization of near-term, pre-commercial technologies through technology validation, market assessment, and the creation of startup companies in Maryland. Collaborative projects between UMB and University of Maryland College Park, UMBC, Johns Hopkins University, and Morgan State University are strongly encouraged and are eligible for 25% more funding. Contact our Site Miners (email@example.com) for help identifying partners and planning proposals.
Professional Development Resources
Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development
The Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development was created to help faculty find the resources and answers they need to build successful careers at the School of Medicine. We will help campus faculty, community-based faculty and teaching residents develop skills as teachers, evaluators and mentors in our teaching programs.
Silke Niederhaus, MD, Associate Dean
Office of Faculty Affairs & Professional Development
Ada Offurum, MD, Assistant Dean
Office of Faculty Affairs & Professional Development
Office of Academic Administration
The OAA is tasked with managing the full scope of actions during the faculty life cycle, including: recruitment, appointment, tenure status, promotion, leave of absence, change in status, and retirement.
Information on Faculty Promotions:
List of Departmental APT Partners:
Education & Training Resources
Clinical and Translational Research Training
This program is to provide education and training in clinical and translational research for clinicians and scientists.
UMB Writing Center
Isabell May, Director, Email: LMAY@umaryland.edu
James Wright, Multilingual Writing Specialist. supports writers from diverse backgrounds and advocates with these writers for multilingual and global literacy practices in the university. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Login to find required ethics, compliance, and research related training.
UMB HR’s sLearning - Percipio
Login to find required training for EHS lab safety, accountability and compliance, and other online training modules.
If you have any questions, please contact email@example.com.
List of Master’s and Certificate programs on campus:
Research Ethics Courses
CIPP 907 - RESEARCH ETHICS
Various aspects of research ethics are examined, including data collection and ownership, issues in the use of human and animal subjects, responsibilities of authorship, identifying and handling conflicts of interest, scientific misconduct, the peer review system, collaborative research in academia and industry, mentor/mentee relationships, contemporary ethical issues, and the role of the scientist as a responsible member of society. Each session has a readings list assigned and involves in-depth small group discussions of relevant cases with faculty in small group discussions. Postdoctoral fellows, and students not needing the credit may sign up for the course informally, but are expected to participate fully in order to receive a letter of course completion. Grading is based on group participation and leadership of at least one group discussion. 1 Credit hours
CIPP 909 - RESPONSIBLE CONDUCT/RESEARCH
Responsible Conduct of Research' is a campus-wide course that prepares students for the ethical responsibilities of research. Topics include scientific integrity; research ethics and the ethical decision-making process; data handling and management; authorship peer review; conflicts of interest; defining, identifying, and handling fraud and misconduct; animal and human research; genetics and reproduction; ownership of data and intellectual property; and the role of the scientist in society. The course includes lectures, seminar discussions, and class exercises. Grading is based on class participation and a written paper. 1 TO 2 Credit hours
Responsible Conduct of Research:
The Office of Postdoctoral Scholars offers ten sessions on the topics related to responsible conduct of research (authorship, collaborative research, conflicts of interest, secure data acquisition and management, safe and inclusive research environments, mentoring, peer review, research misconduct, policies regarding human and animal subjects and safe lab practices, and research ethics and society). Each month a different faculty member from UMB with expertise on that topic provides a lecture lasting 30 minutes to one hour which is then followed by a small group discussion on case studies led by discussion moderators for 30 minutes. Participants who complete all 10 sessions will receive a letter and certificate of completion. Junior faculty members with NIH training grants are welcome to attend this series and can also serve as small group facilitators. Please contact Renee Cockerham (firstname.lastname@example.org) to learn the details of registering for this series.
NIH Rigor & Reproducibility Training
Are you completing a Career Development (K) Award? Are you preparing for an upcoming NIH grant application? The NIH has a selection of online training for pre-clinical and clinical research to enhance rigorous experimental design and training. (https://www.nigms.nih.gov/training/pages/clearinghouse-for-training-modules-to-enhance-data-reproducibility.aspx)
- NIH Rigor and Reproducibility Training Modules
NIH Office of the Director
- Let's Experiment: A Guide for Scientists Working at the Bench
- Improving Reproducibility in Research
Indiana University School of Medicine
- Bench to Bedside: Integrating Sex and Gender to Improve Human Health
NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health
- Course on Pragmatic and Group-Randomized Trials in Public Health and Medicine
NIH Office of Disease Prevention
- Controls in Animal Studies for Rigor and Reproducibility
American Physiological Society
- Statistical Topics for Reproducible Animal Research
Indiana University School of Public Health and University of Alabama at Birmingham
- Improving Reproducibility of Computational Microbiome Analyses
University of Michigan School of Medicine
- edX Course: Principles, Statistical and Computational Tools for Reproducible Science
Harvard School of Public Health
- The BD2K Guide to the Fundamentals of Data Science Series
Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) Initiative
- Society for Neuroscience Rigor and Reproducibility Training Webinars
Rutgers University and Michigan State University
- Cell Line Authentication Training
Global Biological Standards Institute
Tools for Identifying Collaborators/Mentors
- NIH RePORTER Tool Search portfolios of funded research by NIH, AHRQ, CDC, HRSA, SAMHSA, FDA and VA.
- UMB Faculty Profiles
Identify Similar Funded Projects
- Matchmaker Enter abstracts or other scientific text and Matchmaker will return a list of 100 similar projects from RePORTER.
Mentoring and Career Stage Working Group Join a Women in Medicine and Science (WIMS) Working Group. ALL are welcome to join one or more working groups
Scientific Writing Resources
Download a list of Resources for your Scientific Writing
This listing includes recommendations for:
- CARTI Resources
- Campus Resources
- Book Recommendations
- Free, self-paced online writing courses
- Fee based online writing courses and certificates
- Articles & Podcasts
- gov Grant Opportunities
- Duke University Funding Database
- Grants Forward Funding Database(subscription required)
- Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tools (RePORT)
- National Institutes of Health (NIH) Funding Database
- Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Funding Database
- National Science Foundation (NSF) Funding Database
- Department of Defense (DOD), Congressional Directed Medical Research Program Funding Opportunities
- Candid (Foundation Center & Guide Star) insert link: https://philanthropynewsdigest.org/rfps
Email Alert Databases
- PIVOT Funding Alert
- gov Funding Alert
- National Institutes of Health (NIH) Funding Alert
- Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Funding Alert
- Department of Defense (DOD), Congressional Directed Medical Research Program Funding Alert
- National Science Foundation (NSF) Funding Alert
- Candid (Foundation Center & Guide Star) Free Newsletter (scroll to bottom of page to subscribe)insert link: https://philanthropynewsdigest.org/rfps
Resources for Women Faculty
Women In Medicine and Science (WIMS)
The Women in Science and Medicine (WIMS) organization at the University of Maryland School of Medicine supports the professional and academic success of women faculty.
Resources for Postdoctoral Scholars
Office of Postdoctoral Scholars
The mission of Office of Postdoctoral Scholars (OPS) is to enrich the training experiences and long-range outcomes of our Postdoctoral Researchers by: fostering a sense of community, new collaborations and providing industry leading research training support and career development opportunities.
Employee Assistance Program
The Employee Assistance Program is a free, confidential counseling and referral service. The EAP is staffed by trained behavioral health professionals and is designed to assist employees and family members experiencing personal, professional or family problems. The EAP can help with problems such as:
- Stress, depression, anxiety and grief
- Marriage/family counseling
- Career planning
- Parenting difficulties
- Drug or alcohol concerns
- Job loss or job change
UMB Guidance Resources program offers someone to talk to and resources to consult whenever and wherever you need them. This no-cost service provides confidential solutions to life’s challenges including:
- Work/Academic Life Solutions
- Legal Guidance
- Financial Resources
Launch Your Life
The mission of Launch Your Life at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) is to promote the well-being of our University employees by increasing awareness, offering supporting activities, and providing resources to help employees achieve a better quality of life at home and at work.
National Center For Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD)
The NCFDD is an independent professional development, training, and mentoring community for graduate students, post-docs, and faculty members and are 100% dedicated to supporting academics in making successful transitions throughout their careers. They offer an array of resources including webinars and past recordings. UMB has an institutional membership. To sign up, visit: https://www.facultydiversity.org/join and select “University of Maryland Baltimore”
Edge for Scholars
https://edgeforscholars.org/Edge for Scholars is your community for candid conversation about life in academics. Stories focus on how to do great research, stay productive, network effectively, mentor well and be mentored, negotiate for resources, get grants, refine writing and editing, cultivate leadership skills, and achieve your goals.
Center for Dispute Resolution at the University of Maryland (C-DRUM)
The Center for Dispute Resolution at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law (C-DRUM) promotes the power of conflict resolution to build a more just society. Through professional education, research, and direct services, C-DRUM equips individuals and communities with the knowledge and skills to address conflict strategically and productively. Contact: email@example.com (410) 706-4270
Office of the Ombuds
Confidential. Neutral. Informal. Independent. The Office of the Ombuds helps University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) faculty and staff express concerns, resolve disputes, manage conflict, seek fair and equitable solutions, and learn more productive ways of communicating. Contact: Brian O. Godette, JD, firstname.lastname@example.org, (410) 706-8534
Center for Dispute Resolution - Workplace Mediation Service
Office for Research Career Development Mini Library
We now provide access to books that are relevant to developing the professional skills and success of an academic research career of SOM faculty. The following books are now available in the RCD’s office (MSTF Building, Room 319) and can be signed out for up to 3 weeks.
Ask for It: How Women Can Use the Power of Negotiation to Get What They Really Want
Authors: Linda Babcock and Sara LaSchever
Drop the Ball: Achieving More by Doing Less
Author: Tiffany Dufu
How to Work a Room: The Ultimate Guide to Making Lasting Connections--In Person and Online
Author: Susan Roane
Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In
Authors: Roger Fisher, William L. Ury and Bruce Patton
Not Discussed: The Unspoken Rules for A Career in Academic Medical Research
Author: C. Michael Stein
The Power of a Positive No: Save the Deal, Save the Relationship – And Still Say No
Author: William L. Ury
Thanks for the Feedback: The Science and Art of Receiving Feedback Well
Authors: Douglas Stone and Sheila Heen
WAG Your Work: Writing Accountability Groups
Bootcamp for Increasing Scholarly Productivity
Author: Kimberly A. Skarupski
Why So Slow? The Advancement of Women
Author: Virginia Vallian
Training Scientists to Make the Right Moves: A Practical Guide to Developing Programs in Scientific Management
Burroughs Wellcome Fund, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Making the Right Moves: A Practical Guide to Scientific Management for Postdocs and New Faculty
Burroughs Welcome Fund, Howard Hughes Medical Institute