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Research Profile


The UMBC social sciences are highly ranked in many R&D fields. In the 2017 NSF Higher Education Research and Development (HERD) survey, UMBC social sciences rank #36 for federal funding, alongside #30 Stanford, #31 Columbia, #32 Georgetown, and #33 Berkeley.

UMBC social sciences also rank #73 for all funding sources nationally, alongside #72 Texas Tech, #74 Yale, and #75 University of Illinois at Chicago. 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.

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), housed in the Center for Social Science Scholarship, assists faculty members and departments in obtaining funding for their research, providing pre-award and post-grant assistance. Current externally-funded social science research projects include faculty research projects in economics, political science, psychology, public policy, sociology and anthropology, emergency health services, and more. Click here to read research highlights from grants that MIPAR has supported!