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UMBC Internal Funding & Support

Center for Innovation, Research and Creativity in the Arts (CIRCA)/CAHSS
Application Deadline: February 15, 2018

The 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 2018. 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.  One is targeted specifically to support faculty in the development of a grant proposal. Recipients of this type of fellowship will be expected to develop proposals intended to lead to their securing extramural funding for their research activities.  The second fellowship is more open, and will be awarded either to support development of a grant proposal as described above, or 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.

Click here for the application.

Application Deadline: April 20, 2018

The Center for Innovation, Research and Creativity in the Arts (CIRCA) invites applications from full-time, tenured and tenure-track faculty members in the Arts (Dance, Music, Theatre, Visual Arts) for Faculty Research Fellowships for the Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 semesters. 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.

Click here to download the application.


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.

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 .