From identifying grant opportunities to providing training and administrative support, the Office of Research coordinates a wide range of services to assist junior and senior faculty investigators across all departments, programs, institutes and centers at the School of Medicine. The Office of Research serves as an umbrella, under which information from a variety of sources can be accessed and guidance – as well as operating policies – can be conveyed and interpreted.
Through the Research Career Development Program, the office provides innovative research education, career development classes, workshops and related services, including targeted RO1 grant writing, lab leadership and project management, the role of mentors in research careers, etc. Research Career Development also provides information on funding sources, such as NIH, non-profits, and the National Science Foundation (NSF), among others.
The Office of Research works directly with campus organizations that support basic science and clinical research, including the Office of Research and Development (ORD), the Center for Clinical Trials (CCT), and the General Clinical Research Center (GCRC). The Office of Research also closely aligns itself with the School of Medicine's primary monitoring and compliance bodies, the Human Research Protections Program (HRPP), the Institutional Review Board (IRB), and Office of Animal Welfare Assurance (OAWA). Our office also has oversight responsibility for the School of Medicine Core Facilities, over 21 multidisciplinary resources for various kinds of research, including clinical, genomic, imaging, basic and biological services.
In collaboration with the Graduate Program in Life Sciences (GPILS), the Office of Research assists with training grant applications, and promotes intramural placements for supporting faculty grants. The NIH Seed Grant Program, which fosters teams of investigators crossing disciplinary boundaries and campuses, is an important adjunct for junior faculty, post docs and graduates. In addition to nurturing the talented pool of future researchers, these initiatives provide valuable data for future grant submissions.
Office of Research
- Keeps faculty members and post doctoral fellows informed of federal and non-federal grant and contract opportunities and submission deadlines
- Provides assistance in the use of COEUS to electronically create and route proposals for sponsored research project grants
- Supports technology commercialization in collaboration with the UMB Office of Research and Development (ORD)
- Provides assistance in processing training grant applications, awards nominations, F and A rate determinations, etc.
- Provides grant writing training to junior faculty and post doctoral fellows through the Research Career Development program
- Keeps senior administrators abreast of grant submissions and awards, deadlines and requirements Promotes policies and institutional relationships that support the School of Medicine's research enterprise and strategic plans
- Administers the Research Affairs Advisory Committee and staffs appropriate campus-wide committees affecting the research community
- Drafts white papers, reports and analysis for use internally and externally
- Participates in collaborative and competitive activities with other University System of Maryland schools to advance SOM research priorities