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UMBC Internal Funding & Support

Grants Assistance to Humanities and Arts Faculty

Rachel Brubaker
Dresher Center Assistant Director, Grants and Program Development   |   Ext. 53580

Assistance provided:

  • Consultation on project ideas and possible collaborations
  • Research into grant and fellowship programs and potential funders
  • Assistance in preparation and routing of grant applications
  • Development of proposal budgets
  • Suggestions for post-award administration

Ms. Brubaker is available to work with faculty by appointment. She will also develop workshops on topics such as understanding the various humanities and arts funders, writing proposals, developing budgets, and routing proposals at UMBC .


CIRCA Faculty Research Fellowship for Spring 2018
Deadline: October 2, 2017

The Center for Innovation, Research and Creativity in the Arts (CIRCA) invites applications for up to two Faculty Research Fellowships for Fall 2018 or Spring 2019. Funding is intended to support and promote significant Arts research at UMBC. CIRCA Faculty Research Fellows will receive release from teaching in the selected semester (up to two course releases) in order to work on a substantial project or the training necessary to embark on such a project. Faculty wishing to develop expertise in a new practice or technique are also encouraged to apply.

Details and application can be found here.


CAHSS Dean’s Research Fund (CDRF)
Deadline: October 3rd

The CAHSS Dean’s Research Fund (CDRF) provides a biannual competitive funding opportunity for up to $5,000 to support the research endeavors of CAHSS tenured and tenure-track faculty and lecturers. Funds will support developing or established scholarly and creative projects. Faculty on visiting or short-term appointments are not eligible to apply. Awarded funds will be available through the end of the fiscal year following the award year. After completion of the grant term, awardees must provide evidence of work produced and a short report describing how funds were spent and how any equipment purchased has been designated for continued College use. Items that are eligible for CDRF funding include: travel, equipment, supplies, books, research participant costs, undergraduate or graduate student support, and other items necessary for research endeavors. No faculty salary support or course releases may be funded through this initiative. Funds supporting this initiative are provided by the Office of the Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. Applications will be reviewed by the CAHSS Research Advisory Committee, which will make recommendations to the Dean. Proposals will be judged on the quality of the proposed project, feasibility of the work, and how the project will benefit from CDRF assistance. Limit one application per faculty member per funding cycle. Faculty may re-apply in the fifth semester after receiving an earlier award.

Click here for more information.
CAHSS Research Fellows Program for Academic Year 2018-19
Deadline: November 1st 2017 

The purpose of the CAHSS Research Fellows Program is to support outstanding research and creative activity and to advance the careers of College faculty members by permitting release time for one semester to focus on scholarship. Fellows will be relieved of teaching duties and, as possible and appropriate, of service duties for the Fall Semester 2018 or Spring Semester 2019, in order to pursue their proposed research programs. Each Fellow’s academic department will be compensated $6,500 for the faculty member’s release time.


CAHSS Dean’s Faculty Support

Travel Fund application
To provide supplemental support for travel for presentation of a paper or poster; invited symposium chair/moderator/discussant; attendance as officer of association/conference; research development; teaching development; etc.

Sabbatical Leave 
Leave requests are due to the Dean’s Office by February 1 for leaves starting in summer/fall, and August 23 for leaves beginning in January.




The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) serves as an advocate for UMBC’s research community, and supports our faculty, staff and students as they pursue research, scholarship and creative activities across all levels.

We are proud of our successful partnerships with federal and state agencies, foundations and the private sector. Our research efforts are based on strengths in the arts, engineering, humanities, information technology, natural and mathematical sciences, public policy and social sciences. Together, we catalyze interdisciplinary collaboration and education, and create new economic opportunities through the transfer of inventions and technologies.