University of Maryland Strategic Partnership: MPowering the State

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The University of Maryland Strategic Partnership: MPowering the State (MPower) is a collaboration between the state of Maryland’s two most powerful public research engines: the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) and the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP) — to strengthen and serve the state of Maryland and its citizens.

Since its creation in 2012, MPower has fostered hundreds of collaborations from across both institutions that are growing Maryland’s innovation economy, advancing interdisciplinary research, increasing educational benefits, and addressing the state’s most critical issues.

The partnership is delivering on a vision of collaboration, innovation, and transformative impact across Maryland.  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.

The partnership’s most recent achievements can be found in this annual update: Download the 2022 brochure.

Implementation of the 2016 Strategic Partnership Act

The collaboration between UMB and UMCP has increased substantially over the past five years as the institutions implement the University of Maryland Strategic Partnership Act of 2016. In addition to formalizing the structure, the law has led to more alignment and coordination, and created new units, funded with the generous support of Gov. Larry Hogan and the General Assembly.
Download the 2020 Annual Report for more details.


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 Academic Programs

UMB’s and UMCP’s leadership in bioengineering and medicine creates tremendous learning opportunity for students and faculty.

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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 Maryland Advanced Ventures (CMAV)

The University of Maryland Strategic Partnership Act of 2016 created a Center for Maryland Advanced Ventures (CMAV) to be located at UMB to promote the commercialization of university discoveries.

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Center for Brain Health and Human Performance

The Center will be a signature component of the conversion of the storied Cole Field House at UMCP into a living laboratory where scientists, clinicians, innovators, student-athletes and student-researchers converge to advance the understanding of the brain and the science of human performance.

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Center of Excellence in Cochlear Implants

Providing transformative treatments for people with hearing disorders.

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Health Informatics and Data Science Specialty for Undergraduates

Preparing the next generation of health care professionals.

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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 Blended Reality Center

Exploring new applications for virtual reality and augmented reality technology.

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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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Opioid Use Disorders Collaborative Research

Advancing research to combat the opioid epidemic in Maryland and the United States.

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Policing Partnership

Advancing police-community relationships and expanding research and training.

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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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The University of Maryland Center for Economic and Entrepreneurship (UMCEED)

The University of Maryland Strategic Partnership Act of 2016 created a University of Maryland Center for Economic and Entrepreneurship (UMCEED), located at UMCP, to advance education and research in neuroscience, virtual and augmented reality, biomedical devices, data analytics, and cybersecurity.

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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 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.


Bruce Jarrell, MD, FACS, President, UMB

Darryll Pines, PhD, NAE, President, UMCP

Joint Steering Council

Peter Crino, MD, PhD, Professor and Chair, Department of Neurology, University of Maryland School of Medicine

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

Jennifer King Rice, PhD, Senior Vice President and Provost, UMCP

Roger Ward, EdD, JD,  MSL, MPA, Provost and Executive Vice President, and Dean, Graduate School, UMB

Letters from Leadership

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 40,000 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 $540 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

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 more than 6,800 students in six highly ranked professional schools — medicine, law, dentistry, pharmacy, nursing, and social work — and an interdisciplinary Graduate School. The University offers 76 degree 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. The university attracted a $664.7 million in grants and contracts last year, and its faculty are among the nation’s most productive researchers, with each tenured/tenure-track faculty member annually bringing an average of $1.36 million in grant funding into UMB — and into Maryland.

The 14-acre University of Maryland BioPark, Baltimore’s biggest biotechnology cluster, fuels the commercialization of new drugs, diagnostics, and devices, giving more than 1,000 research scientists and entrepreneurs and nearly 40 early-stage life science companies the space to create and collaborate. As demand for a dynamic innovation district keeps growing, so does the BioPark. At full build-out, it will house 2 million square feet of lab, office, clinical, and classroom space and bring needed retail properties and landscaped parks to West Baltimore.

UMB delivers $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


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

Baltimore and College Park research tackles the State's most critical issues.

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 820, with resulting awards of nearly $265 million in new, joint research funding.

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FY 12 Cumulative To Date
Joint Proposals Submitted 4 820
Joint Proposals Awarded 1 227
Total Anticipated $ Award $2,949,998 $264,106,269



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