Funding Sources, Grantsmanship, and Core Resources
The SPH supports investigators who are engaged across the spectrum of laboratory –based studies involving molecular biology and genomics, clinical research with human participants, and community-based participatory research. They are supported by funding from federal sources, foundations, the state, as well as from the University. The SPH works closely with the staff in the Division of Research at UMD to provide essential support for identifying sources of funding, submitting research proposals, and locating core resources.
Tapping into Sources of Funding for Research, Training, and Entrepreneurship
Almost all of the funding agencies provide useful guidance for researchers interested in submitting proposals; investigators can register with the agencies to receive routine funding announcements.
The federal government has developed Grants.gov as a central resource for government grant funding opportunities and submissions (http://grants.gov/).
Each of the federal agencies has information and guidance related to its particular programs. Some of the agencies that fund SPH faculty include:
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC)
Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Administration for Children and Families (ACF)
National Science Foundation (NSF)
Foundations such as those below provide another source of funding:
The Foundation Center facilitates connections to grant makers.
Grantmakers in Health highlights health issues and supports foundations interested in health.
Seed Grant Programs
There are various university-based seed grant programs designed to support pilot projects and analyses to prepare faculty to submit larger extramural grants.
Examples of these programs include:
University of Maryland (College Park and Baltimore campuses) Research and Innovation Grant Program. This program is usually announced in the winter and requires partnered investigators from each campus. At College Park, this program is administered by the Division of Research.
University of Maryland Population Research Center (http://www.popcenter.umd.edu/)
ADVANCE Program (http://www.advance.umd.edu/about )
Faculty Incentive Research Development Awards Administered by the Division of Research at UMD
Investigators can apply for seed funding as an individual faculty member conducting research or as an interdisciplinary team (TIER I); as faculty who are developing a major program initiative for federal funding (TIER 2), or as a campus wide effort to develop broad, multidisciplinary research efforts in a particular domain (TIER 3). Approval to apply is given by the SPH Associate Dean for Research prior to application, since a contribution from the School of Public Health is part of the funding formula. (www.research.umd.edu/development/faculty-incentive)
Limited submissions are funding opportunities that are compiled by the Associate Vice President for Research at UMD. They require University endorsement or nomination. (http://www.umresearch.umd.edu/ORAA/limited_submissions/)
Funding Opportunities for Training: Faculty and Students
Graduate School Funding Opportunities for Faculty. See Research and Scholarship Awards: (http://www.gradschool.umd.edu/faculty_staff/faculty_support_awards.html)
Graduate School Fellowships (http://www.gradschool.umd.edu/prospective_students/gs_fellowships.html) are able to support research among other activities.
Overview of Training and Career Development Mechanisms. This provides an overview of NIH Training and career development mechanisms and opportunities for post docs, fellows, and mid career investigators. Several of these mechanisms are also used by other DHHS agencies, such as CDC and AHRQ. (www.grants.nih.gov/training/kwizard)
Funding for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
The University of Maryland encourages innovation and entrepreneurship; more than 50 university resources, services, contests are listed on the Innovation website (http://innovation.umd.edu/)
Students and faculty who are interested in submitting a disclosure or patent application should work with the Office of Technology Commercialization (www.otc.umd.edu). The University of Maryland College Park and at the University of Maryland Baltimore are harmonizing their efforts in entrepreneurship through UM Ventures (www.umventures.org) which is an initiative that coordinates training, courses and integrated services in technology commercialization.
UM Ventures provides personalized assistance from individuals on campus known as site miners, who can work with investigators in developing their intellectual property for further funding through an initiative known as the Maryland Innovation Initiative (MII), which is overseen by the Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO, www.tedco.md.)
Grantsmanship: Preparing and Submitting Research Proposals
Preparing Research Proposals
Guidance on Grantsmanship. In addition to School and University seminars and workshops, there are multiple resources that provide general guidance for grantsmanship. A site from NIH provides an overview that is useful for other grant applications as well: Grant application basics: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/grant_basics.htm
The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) has an excellent set of tutorials: http://www.niaid.nih.gov/researchfunding/grant/pages/aag.aspx
Research Administration Support provided by the SPH and the Office of Administration (ORA) in the UMD Division of Research. The SPH research administration staff in the Office of the Dean provide support for faculty and student researchers, ensuring that the proposals comply with university and funding agency policies and requirements before submission to ORA, which is the Office that provides pre-award and post award management at the University level. The administrative staff in the SPH are the main point of contact between the SPH and ORA,. Support for post-award management in the SPH is provided by each Department. The staff of ORA also provide training and updates on university and funding agency research policies and procedures. (http://umresearch.umd.edu/ORAA)
Complying with Regulatory Requirements in Research
The Research Compliance Office in the Division of Research has a portal that provides access to many of the sites listed below (www.umresearch.umd.edu/RCO/)
Investigators who are planning to conduct clinical research (research involving interaction with human participants) are required to first take online CITI (Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative) training. This must be done before the initial application, or renewal application, can be fully approved. (www.umresearch.umd.edu/IRB/citi.html).
The National Science Foundation requires all undergraduate students, graduate students and postdoctoral researchers who are funded by NSF to receive training in the Responsible Conduct of Research (available through the CITI training program or workshops offered by the Division of Research).
Currently the university also recommends this training for those who are not currently required to complete this course.
All research that involves human subjects or data including human subjects requires review and approval by the University’s Institutional Review Board (IRB). (http://www.umresearch.umd.edu/IRB/index.html)
All investigators also are required to complete Financial Conflict of Interest (FCOI) training and submit a FCOI Disclosure for any proposal submitted to a Public Health Service agency, even if there is no FCOI present. (http://umresearch.umd.edu/IRB/RCOfcoi.html )
All research that involves animals requires review and approval by the University’s Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC).(http://www.umresearch.umd.edu/IACUC)
Depending on the scope of their research faculty are responsible for following the recommended policies for biosafety, biological and chemical hygiene, and radiation safety.
Institutional Biosafety Committee https://www.des.umd.edu/general/committee/ibc/index.html
Biological and Chemical Hygiene Committee: http://www.des.umd.edu/biosafety/index.html
Radiation Safety Committee: http://www.des.umd.edu/rs/index.html
Finding Core Research Resources
Core Resources and Centers at the University of Maryland
The posting of all Centers and Institutes as well as laboratories and core facilities on the campus, such as those for genomics and mass spectrometry, can be found at the following URL: www.research.umd.edu/capabilities
Overview of the Laboratory Facilities in the SPH
The laboratory facilities in the School of Public Health support a broad range of research activities, which range from genomics and molecular biology, to research involving human participants (clinical research). The laboratory facility descriptions and services are organized according to the following areas:
- Biostatistics Support
- Basic Research
- Clinical Research
- Laboratory for Student Training