Research

MPower funding is helping to build new infrastructures for collaborative research.

Educational Programs

MPower is creating important new opportunities for students. New courses, degree programs, and service learning opportunities have been developed in law, public health, and the sciences.

Commercialization

UM Ventures, the joint technology transfer operation of UMB and UMCP, has catalyzed commercialization of university inventions.

University of Maryland Strategic Partnership: MPowering the State

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The University of Maryland Strategic Partnership: MPowering the State is a collaboration between the state of Maryland’s two most powerful public research institutions: the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) and the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP). It leverages the sizable strengths and complementary missions of both institutions to strengthen Maryland’s innovation economy, advance interdisciplinary research, create opportunities for students, and solve important problems for the people of Maryland and the nation. Working together, UMB and UMCP achieve INNOVATION and IMPACT through COLLABORATION.

The University of Maryland Strategic Partnership Act of 2016 strengthened and formalized the structured relationship between UMB and UMCP, which began in 2012. The law deepens the alliance and energizes UMB and UMCP to pursue even greater transformative change and impact, far surpassing what each institution could do independent of each other.

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Initiatives

Agriculture Law Education Initiative (ALEI)

State farmers have expanded access to resources from UMB, UMCP, and University of Maryland, Eastern Shore.

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Bioengineering Capstone

The Bioengineering Capstone program links undergraduates to top faculty at the School of Medicine.

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Center for Health-Related Informatics and Bioimaging (CHIB)

CHIB joins researchers in computer science at UMCP with experts in genomics and clinical medicine at UMB.

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Center for Sports Medicine, Health and Human Performance (CSMHHP)

CSMHHP will be a signature component of the conversion of the storied Cole Field House at UMCP into a national model for integrating athletics, academics, and research.

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Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research (IBBR)

Cross-disciplinary team approaches to scientific challenges, tech development, and education flourish.

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Maryland Center of Excellence in Regulatory Science and Innovation (M-CERSI)

Funded by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), M-CERSI joins UMB and UMCP researchers with FDA staff to improve the ways drugs and medical devices are evaluated.

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Master of Science in Law Program

The new MSL program targets working professionals in highly regulated fields.

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MLaw Programs

These joint undergraduate courses and experiential opportunities are unique in the U.S.

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School of Social Work at Shady Grove

School of Social Work at UMB expanded its Master of Social Work program to Rockville in fall of 2014.

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Seed Grants

The grants promote cross-university research by creative teams of investigators extending boundaries.

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Support, Advocacy, Freedom and Empowerment (SAFE) Center for Human Trafficking Survivors

The SAFE Center is drawing on the combined resources and the wide range of disciplines of both universities to address the critical issue of human trafficking.

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UM Scholars Program

The UM Scholars Program creates unique enrichment experiences for students through mentored research projects.

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UM Ventures

The joint technology transfer operation of UMB and UMCP has catalyzed commercialization of university inventions.

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University of Maryland Strategic Partnership: MPowering the State New Initiatives

New cross-university initiatives will advance research, education and public service.

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Leadership

The University of Maryland Strategic Partnership Act of 2016 formalized a structured relationship between the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) and the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP). In 2012, the University System of Maryland Board of Regents tasked UMB and UMCP with establishing a new working relationship designed to promote innovation and impact through collaboration. Through a set of formal actions referred to as the University of Maryland Strategic Partnership Initiatives, the two campuses are leveraging their considerable strengths to attract exceptional faculty, better serve students, and position the state in a new economic reality.

The responsibility for achieving those actions is the responsibility of the Joint Steering Council, whose members have been appointed by the presidents. The Joint Steering Council reports to the two presidents, who have dual authority for resource allocation and oversight over the projects and programs. The presidents report to the chancellor and the Board of Regents on the progress of the new activities.

Co-Leaders

Jay A. Perman, MD, President, UMB

Wallace D. Loh, PhD, President, UMCP

Joint Steering Council

Michele Eastman, MA, MEd, 
Assistant President and Chief of Staff, UMCP

Bruce Jarrell, MD, FACS,
 Chief Academic and Research Officer, Senior Vice President, Dean, Graduate School, UMB

Mary Ann Rankin, PhD, Senior Vice President and Provost, UMCP

Roger J. Ward, EdD, JD, MPA,
 Chief Accountability Officer, Vice President, Operations and Planning, and Vice Dean, Graduate School, UMB

Aerial view of M Circle, intramural fields and campus drive.

University of Maryland, College Park

The University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP), located just outside Washington, D.C., was founded in 1856 as a private agricultural college and now is the flagship of the state’s higher education system. It is home to 12 colleges and schools offering more than 250 academic programs to 37,000 undergraduate and graduate students.

UMCP’s renowned academic community is addressing important scientific and societal challenges, including climate change, the economy, energy, homeland security, and public health. The university partners with governments, major corporations, nonprofit organizations, and educational institutions around the world, and its research brings in more than $560 million in external grants annually.

UMCP also cultivates a culture of thriving entrepreneurship, assisting business startups, launching technology ventures, and connecting Maryland companies with university resources to help them succeed.

The College Park campus is built around a central mall, anchored by McKeldin Library and the Main Administration Building and surrounded by classroom buildings. In all, the university consists of more than 270 buildings, most of them featuring the red brick and white columns that define Colonial Revival architecture.

UMCP is committed to educating exceptional students, conducting groundbreaking research, fostering global connections, and serving as the state’s strongest economic engine.

Mission

The mission of the University of Maryland, College Park is to provide excellence in teaching, research, and service. The university educates students and advances knowledge in areas of importance to the state, the nation, and the world. The university is committed to pre-eminence as a national center of research and graduate education, and as the institution of choice for Maryland’s undergraduates of exceptional ability and promise.

The University of Maryland is a public research university, the flagship campus of the University System of Maryland, and the original 1862 land-grant institution in the state. It is one of 63 members of the Association of American Universities, an organization composed of the leading research universities in the United States and Canada. The university creates and applies knowledge, providing outstanding instruction and nourishing a climate of intellectual growth in a broad range of academic disciplines and interdisciplinary fields. As a land-grant institution, the university shares its research, educational, cultural, and technological strengths with the Maryland citizenry and other constituencies. Its collaborations with state, federal, private, and nonprofit partners promote economic development and improve quality of life.

Vital to these activities is the excellence of the university’s faculty, staff, and students. The university counts the diversity of its community as among its greatest strengths. It is committed to diversity and inclusiveness in both educational and work environments. Providing equal educational opportunity; hiring and retaining a diverse faculty and staff of exceptional achievement; and recruiting and graduating talented students from traditionally under-represented groups are institutional priorities.

University of Maryland, Baltimore

Founded in 1807, the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) is Maryland’s only public health, law, and human services university, dedicated to excellence in education, research, clinical care, and public service.

UMB enrolls 6,500 students in six nationally ranked professional schools — medicine, law, dentistry, pharmacy, nursing, and social work — and an interdisciplinary Graduate School. The University offers 50 doctoral, master’s, baccalaureate, and certificate programs and confers most of the professional practice doctoral degrees awarded in Maryland.

UMB is a thriving academic health center combining cutting-edge biomedical research and exceptional patient care. UMB’s extramural funding totals $500 million, and each core faculty member brings nearly $1 million in research grants into UMB every year.

The University of Maryland BioPark, Baltimore’s biggest biotechnology cluster, fuels the commercialization of new drugs, diagnostics, and devices, giving 850 research scientists and entrepreneurs the space to create and collaborate. Every year, UMB conducts more than 400 translational research projects on behalf of corporate sponsors.

UMB delivers more than $40 million each year in uncompensated care to the citizens of Maryland. The University’s students, faculty, and staff contribute 2 million hours of service annually, providing programming that improves Marylanders’ health and wellness, advances justice, promotes economic development, and strengthens families and communities.

Campus Data

Mission

To improve the human condition and serve the public good of Maryland and society at-large through education, research, clinical care, and service.

MPower’s shared research infrastructure has fueled a quantum leap in joint funding.

Since fiscal year 2012, UMB and UMCP have built an effective joint research proposal infrastructure that has streamlined shared proposal development and research administration. Before the alliance, joint research proposals were rare, but now submitted proposals total more than 400, with resulting awards of nearly $120 million in new, joint research funding to UMB and UMCP.

FY 12 Cumulative To Date
Joint Proposals Submitted 4 414
Joint Proposals Awarded 1 115
Total Anticipated $ Award $2,949,998 $119,210,259

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