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.


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

The University of Maryland:
MPowering the State

MPowering the State is a special working relationship between the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) and the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP) that promotes INNOVATION and IMPACT through COLLABORATION. Launched in 2012, it leverages the sizable strengths of both universities to advance interdisciplinary research, create new opportunities for students, and solve important problems for the people of Maryland and the nation.

In fewer than four years, MPowering the State has transformed the way UMB and UMCP approach research, education, and service in the state. It is the vehicle that joins the complementary resources of two great universities – their leadership, faculty, researchers, and students – to boost joint research, inspire education programs that enrich, challenge, and attract the best and brightest, spur technology transfer, and drive economic development. MPower is a model of what committed collaboration can achieve. With its shared vision, MPowering the State is advancing Maryland’s competitiveness and reputation as a national leader.

We are proud of our progress, yet we know that it is urgent that we do more. The Maryland state legislature in 2011 charged the University System of Maryland Board of Regents and thus both universities with developing a plan to have an even greater impact on the state, its economy, the job market, and the next generation of innovators. We are committed to this charge, and have devoted considerable time to crafting and implementing the plan that follows.


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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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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MPowering the State FY15 Pilot Initiatives

Deans of UMB and UMCP proposed 50 cross-University “big ideas” to advance research, education, and public service.

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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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The University System of Maryland Board of Regents has tasked the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) and the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP) with establishing a special new working relationship that is designed to promote innovation and impact through collaboration. Through a set of formal actions referred to as the University of Maryland Initiatives, the two campuses are in the process of 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 Steering Committee, whose members have been appointed by the presidents. However, this leadership model may evolve once several years of experience have been gained. The Steering Committee reports to the two presidents jointly on progress of initiatives and implements new initiatives at the direction of the presidents. The presidents report to the chancellor and the Board of Regents on the progress of the new activities. Each of the initiatives described above will require an investment of funds from a variety of sources.


Jay A. Perman, MD, President, UMB

Wallace D. Loh, PhD, President, UMCP

Steering Committee

Michele Eastman, 
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

Operations Committee

G. Scott Bitner, MBA, CPA, Acting Chief Financial Officer and Associate Vice President

Cynthia Hale, Associate Vice President, Academic Affairs, UMCP

Chuck Wilson, MS,
 Associate Vice President for Records, Registration and Extended Studies, UMCP

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 200 academic degrees 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 $500 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.


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

The Baltimore campus of the University of Maryland was founded in 1807 along a ridge in what was then called Baltimore Town. Today, this 71-acre research and technology complex encompasses 68 buildings in West Baltimore near the Inner Harbor.

The University is Maryland’s only public academic health, human services, and law center. Seven professional and graduate schools confers the majority of health care, human services, and law professional degrees in Maryland each year.

Under the leadership of President Jay A. Perman, MD, the university is a leading partner in the redevelopment of the Westside of Baltimore. The University of Maryland BioPark, which opened in October 2005, promotes collaborative research opportunities and bioscience innovation.

Sponsored research totaled $500.9 million in Fiscal Year 2014. With 6,276 students and 7,375 faculty members and staff, the university is an economic engine that returns more than $15 in economic activity for every $1 of state general funds appropriation. The university community gives more than 2 million hours a year in service to the public.

Campus Data


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.

Seventy-one joint faculty appointments amplify research resources across campuses. Joint conferences and colloquia build a vital intellectual community. A shared structure for proposal development has streamlined research administration. As a result, joint proposals have increased substantially, in fields as diverse as nanomedicine to child development.

Joint Proposals

4 FY12
71 FY13
114 FY14

106 FY15
65 FY16

360 Cumulative

Joint Proposals Awarded

1 FY12
20 FY13
26 FY14

36 FY15
21 FY16

104 Cumulative

Total Anticipated Award

2,949,998 FY12

14,405,205 FY13

27,343,090 FY14

26,178,105 FY15

18,801,788 FY16

89,678,186 Cumulative


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