Grant and Research Funding Assistance

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Faculty who are seeking funding for arts and humanities research projects are invited to contact the Dresher Center for assistance with sponsor research and proposal development (narratives, budget preparation, subaward development, timelines and work plans, and application assembly). The Center serves as a liaison with sponsors, departments, the CAHSS Dean’s Office, the Office of Sponsored Programs, and other offices, and assists faculty with PI Eligibility procedures and proposal routing in Kuali, UMBC’s grants platform. The Dresher Center also helps faculty in developing proposals for internal research support.

Please contact Rachel Brubaker, Assistant Director for Grants and Program Development, or email this request form to

Dresher Center Grant Assistance Request Form

Faculty must consult with their department chair before beginning a funding application, particularly if their regular teaching and service duties will be impacted.

Grant assistance can include:

  • Identifying potential funding opportunities;
  • Developing proposals (preparing project narratives and budgets, creating timelines and work plans) Preparing proposals for routing (obtaining institutional approval) in Kuali, UMBC’s grants platform;
  • Assisting with Principal Investigator Eligibility. Faculty identified as Principal Investigators (PI) on sponsored projects must also obtain PI eligibility in order to submit proposals and receive awards at UMBC.

What needs to be routed:

Any application for external funding in which ANY of the following applies:

  • Funds will be awarded directly to the University and will be administered by the University.
  • The faculty member’s responsibilities to the University will be affected.
  • The faculty member plans to request a formal leave (e.g. fellowship leave) from the University.

What does not need to be routed:

Any application or proposal for external funding in which ALL of the following apply:

  • Funds are not awarded to UMBC.
  • Funds are not administered by UMBC.
  • The PI’s responsibilities to the sponsor, if awarded, will not impinge upon their responsibilities to UMBC.

Non-routed applications and proposals should be documented with a CAHSS Routing Form for External Competitive Fellowships, Grants and Awards (DocuSign), particularly if the project will be included in the Faculty Annual Report (FAR)/Digital Measures.

UMBC Resources


UMBC Grants Process Workshop Presentations

CAHSS Centers Fulbright Accelerator Workshop

Principal Investigator Eligibility Procedure

Deadlines for Grant and Fellowship Submissions and Routing

CAHSS Research Resources for Faculty and Staff

CAHSS Guidelines for Proposal Development and Grant Administration

CAHSS Guidelines for Routing Proposals

CAHSS Salary Supplement for Fellowship Leave Guidelines

UMBC Faculty Handbook – policy and fellowship leave and sabbatical leave

UMBC Office of Sponsored Programs

UMBC Office of Research Development

UMBC Office of Research Protections and Compliance

UMBC Office of Contract and Grant Accounting

Other Resources

ORCID (Open Researcher & Contributor IDentification). ORCID is an international, non-profit organization — sustained by fees from member organizations — that provides digital identifiers (termed an ORCID ID) for researchers. UMBC is a member of ORCID and provides information for setting up a profile. External sponsors may require applicants to have an ORCID profile.

National Endowment for the Humanities Blog: What Grant Program Fits My Digital Project?

Writing Tips from the National Endowment for the Humanities Research Division for Summer Stipends and Fellowship Applications: Presentation