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UMBC Internal Funding & Support

UMBC Internal Awards Calendar at a Glance.

Download the 2018-2019 CIRCA Awards Calendar for a full timeline of opportunities and deadlines.

Grants Assistance to Humanities and Arts Faculty

Rachel Brubaker
Dresher Center Assistant Director, Grants and Program Development
rbruba1@umbc.edu   |   Ext. 53580

Rachel Brubaker, Assistant Director for Grants and Program Development (rbruba1@umbc.edu, ext. 53580, Room 218 PAHB), helps arts and humanities faculty seeking internal and external funding support. This assistance can include identifying funders, developing proposals, preparing budgets and routing materials, and assembling applications for submission. Faculty applying for external funding must be Principal Investigator (PI) Eligible.

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

 

Research at UMBC

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.

OVPR has successful partnerships with federal and state agencies, foundations and the private sector. Their research efforts are based on strengths in the arts, engineering, humanities, information technology, natural and mathematical sciences, public policy and social sciences. They work with faculty to catalyze interdisciplinary collaboration and education, and create new economic opportunities through the transfer of inventions and technologies.

Click here to visit the Research at UMBC website.

 

NoteFaculty should consult their Chair and the UMBC Faculty Handbook on policies for fellowship leave. University rules require that fellowship and grant proposals be routed through the applicant’s Department, College, and the Office of Sponsored Programs Administration, even if the proposal does not require an institutional signature.

 


CIRCA Contingency Fund Award 

This fund is intended to provide crucial research, presentation, and travel support to UMBC faculty in the Visual and Performing Arts who have already sought or exhausted all DRIF, SFRF, departmental, and/or CAHSS Travel Fund support. The maximum award an individual may receive is $1,000 per year. Full-time tenured/tenure-track faculty and lecturers may apply for a CIRCA Contingency Fund Award. Funds are limited by budget constraints and awards will be made on a rolling basis. The CIRCA Advisory Group will review complete applications as soon as possible, and the Director will respond in a timely manner with a determination on the request. Click here to access the application form.

 

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. Click here to access the application.

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. Click here to access the application.

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CIRCA-IMET FACULTY ARTIST IN RESIDENCE (CIFAiR) SPRING 2019 SEMESTER

DUE DATE: NOVEMBER 13, 2018

The Center for Innovation, Research and Creativity in the Arts (CIRCA) and Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology (IMET) invite applications from full-time, tenured and tenure-track faculty members in the Arts (Dance, Music, Theatre, Visual Arts) at UMBC for a Faculty Artist in Residence award for the Spring 2019 semester. Funding is intended to support and promote significant collaborative research in the Arts between colleagues at IMET and UMBC. The UMBC CIFAiR awardee will receive release from teaching in the Spring 2019 semester (up to one course release, with permission of the Chairperson) and a CIRCA-funded research stipend of up to $5,000 in order to conceive, establish, or accelerate a substantial project that engages IMET scientists and ventures. IMET will provide office space for the awardee and, if necessary, will also make available studio space. IMET commits $2,000 towards supplies and materials. IMET will work with the awardee to make available opportunities to engage with a wide range of scientists and to present work and have discussions with IMET stakeholders, including faculty, students, start-up companies in the IMET Harbor Launch business incubator and our partner institutions.

Download the application:CIRCA_IMET_CIFAiR

 

CIRCA/CAHSS SUMMER FACULTY RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS (SFRF) IN THE ARTS 2019-20

Deadline: February 15, 2019

UMBC’s Center for Innovation, Research, and Creativity in the Arts (CIRCA) and the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (CAHSS) invite applications from tenure-track and tenured faculty for research support in the arts for Summer 2019. Funding will support specific faculty projects that will enhance the prominence of the arts at UMBC and increase the quality and vitality of research or creative work in theory, scholarship, and/or practice in the arts.

Two fellowships of $6,000 each are directed to research projects with the potential to create significant impact in the field. The fellowships may support faculty in the development of a grant proposal or be employed to establish a research fund. In the first case recipients will be expected to develop proposals intended to lead to their securing extramural funding for their research activities. The second fellowship type may be used to support the presentation, documentation, dissemination, and/or exhibition of faculty research. Proposals from full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty in CAHSS will be considered. Funds for this initiative are provided by CIRCA, CAHSS, and the Office of the Vice President for Research.

Complete application material linked here.

 

CAHSS Grants for Pedagogy and Teaching (PAT Awards)

Deadline: April 8, 2019

UMBC’s College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (CAHSS) is pleased to announce the next round of the Dean’s Pedagogy and Teaching (PAT) Fund. The grants are open to CAHSS faculty members twice per academic year to support pedagogical development, and are available to all faculty—tenured/tenure-track, lecturers, adjunct, and graduate teaching assistants (excepting visiting faculty)—who teach courses in the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. Funds awarded will be available through the end of the following fiscal year (i.e. funds awarded in Academic Year 2018-2019 must be used no later than June 2020).
In addition, for the first time, awards will be made from the John Jeffries International Fellowship Program, an endowed fund established when Dean and Professor of History John Jeffries retired in 2013. The fund’s purpose is “to support the efforts of University faculty in internationalizing curriculum.”

Click here for the application.

 

CIRCA Faculty Research Fellowships for Fall 2019 and Spring 2020

Application Deadline: April 16, 2019

The Center for Innovation, Research and Creativity in the Arts (CIRCA) invites applications from full-time Lecturers, Senior Lecturers, Instructors, and tenured and tenure-track faculty members in the Arts (Dance, Music, Theatre, Visual Arts) for the CIRCA Faculty Research Fellowships for the Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 semesters. Faculty on visiting or short-term appointments are not eligible to apply. Funding is intended to support and promote significant Arts innovation in research at UMBC. Up to three 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, development of innovative new directions in their work, or the training necessary to embark on such work. Faculty wishing to develop expertise in a new practice or technique are also encouraged to apply. The CFRF offers time to fully concentrate, renew research, and explore.

Click CIRCA-FacultyResearchFellowship to download the application.

 

CIRCA FACULTY PEDAGOGY FELLOWSHIP (CFPF) for FALL 2019 or SPRING 2020

Application Deadline: April 16, 2019 

The Center for Innovation, Research and Creativity in the Arts (CIRCA) invites applications from full-time Lecturers, Senior Lecturers, Instructors, and tenured and tenure-track faculty members in the Arts (Dance, Music, Theatre, Visual Arts) for the CIRCA Faculty Pedagogy Fellowships for the Fall 2019 or Spring 2020 semesters. Faculty on visiting or short-term appointments are not eligible to apply. Funding is intended to support and promote significant Arts innovation in teaching at UMBC. One Pedagogy Fellow will receive release from teaching in the selected semester (up to two course releases) in order to work on the development of innovative new directions in undergraduate or graduate teaching, or the training necessary to embark on such work. Faculty wishing to develop expertise in a new practice or technique related to instruction are also encouraged to apply. The CFPF offers time to fully concentrate, renew teaching, and explore.

Click CIRCA-FacultyPedagogyFellowship_FA19-SP20 to download the application.