Research Profile


The UMBC social sciences are highly ranked in many R&D fields. In the 2019 NSF Higher Education Research and Development (HERD) survey, UMBC social sciences rank #30 for federal funding, alongside #28 Johns Hopkins University, #31 American University, and #33 University of Washington. UMBC social sciences also rank #60 for funding in the social sciences across all funding sources nationally (up from #72 last year):  this ranking places us ahead of Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis (#61), UC-Irvine (#62), and Syracuse University (#63).

In addition, UMBC overall ranks within the top 100 public universities receiving research funding! 

The NSF-HERD survey collects information on R&D expenditures by field of research and source of funds and is the primary source of information on R&D expenditures at U.S. colleges and universities. 

If you are a UMBC researcher considering submitting a grant proposal, large or small, visit our Grants Administration page to learn more.

Key Research Areas

The Center for Social Science Scholarship emphasizes areas of research interest across the social sciences, such as civic and political participation, global patterns of labor and migration, educational access, the relationship between humans and the environment, human behavior and health equity across the lifespan, the social context of technology, and policy impact.

Recently, the Center for Social Science Scholarship co-sponsored a research summit on violence prevention and community engagement in collaboration with the University of Maryland, Baltimore and a UMBC research forum on immigration and mobility in higher education.

The Maryland Institute for Policy, Analysis, and Research (MIPAR), a grants administration unit housed in the Center for Social Science Scholarship, assists faculty members and departments in obtaining funding for their research and providing pre- and post-award administration. Current externally-funded social science research projects span economics, political science, public policy, sociology and anthropology, emergency health services, and more.