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Research Support


In the midst of the COVID-19 global health crisis, the Center for Social Science Scholarship and the staff of the Maryland Institute for Policy, Analysis, and Research (MIPAR) remain fully available for remote pre-and post-award management assistance. For more information, visit:

Click here for information on COVID-19-specific funding opportunities.


The Center for Social Science Scholarship supports social science researchers via internal and external funding opportunities, pre-and post-award management assistance, and regular research-related events and initiatives.


Grants Administration

Housed in the Center for Social Science Scholarship, the Maryland Institute for Policy, Analysis, and Research (MIPAR) is a grants administration unit that supports researchers by helping locate external funding opportunities and providing pre- and post-award management assistance.

The entire CS3-MIPAR staff is working remotely and is dedicated to keeping operations running smoothly. Check out this video to learn more about MIPAR!


Internal and External Funding Opportunities

The Center for Social Science Scholarship offers a number of mechanisms for internal funding support for faculty and students across the social sciences.

CS3 also maintains a calendar of internal center- and college-wide funding opportunities, as well as an ongoing list of external funding opportunities.


Hanover Research Partnership

The Center for Social Science Scholarship works with the CAHSS Dean’s Office to coordinate a college-wide partnership with Hanover Research, a grant development and research firm that helps faculty strengthen competitive external proposals.

Applications for the 2020-2021 cycle are currently closed. For more information, view our Spring 2020 info session about the CAHSS-Hanover Research Partnership, featuring recent CAHSS PIs.

For more information, please contact


Research Workshops and Trainings

The Center for Social Science Scholarship regularly offers methods, skills-based, and other research-related workshops and trainings to support social science faculty and students.

Previously, we have offered workshops and trainings on:  how to use NVivo 12 and Intro to R software programs, how to submit grant proposals, how to apply for funding from NIH and NSF, and how to find and use available research databases. A list of our upcoming events can be found online and via our myUMBC group. We also host materials from past workshops and trainings in our myUMBC group files.

If you are a UMBC faculty member or student with a request for a particular type of research-based workshop or training, please email your suggestion


Grant Reviewer Directory

The Center for Social Science Scholarship has launched directory of social science faculty who are available to review grant proposals by other faculty members. The goal is to strengthen the social science grant pipeline, support faculty who might be the only ones in their department working in a field, connect faculty looking for a reviewer from another discipline, and to foster collaborative research relationships in the social science community.

Faculty seeking a review must also volunteer to be listed in the directory to review proposals of others, except for non-tenured faculty and faculty who have not yet received an external award. Reviewers need at least two weeks of lead time to complete a review. They may also decline to review a proposal if it falls outside of their expertise, if they have serious time constraints, or if there is a conflict of interest. Faculty should not wait for a review to be concluded to approach MIPAR about their proposals. Be sure to follow the CAHSS proposal timeline.

Faculty members are added to the directory on a rolling basis. To be added to the directory, please contact Felipe Filomeno at