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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   |   Ext. 53580

Rachel Brubaker, Assistant Director for Grants and Program Development (, 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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DUE DATE: October 15, 2019

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 2020 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 2020 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 IMET’s partner institutions.

Application materials here: CIRCA_IMET_CIFAiR_Spring2020