Despite concerns over a changing federal funding landscape, the University of Maryland research enterprise garnered $545 million in external research funding in fiscal year 2018, an increase of 6 percent over last year, Vice President for Research Laurie Locascio announced yesterday.

The federal portion of research funding this year grew by $9.8 million, or 2.7 percent, she said. 

“Our growth this last fiscal year is a reflection of our talented researchers and their high-quality innovation, scholarship and research activities,” Locascio said. “It is recognition that the University of Maryland is a go-to source for impactful, multidisclipinary research expertise that has the potential to transform lives.”

External funding in the year ending June 30, 2017, was $515 million; 2016's total of $560 million was a record high.

The increase in external funding in 2018 reflects UMD researchers’ strengths in diverse fields ranging from environmental adaptation and sustainability; national and global security; advanced computing, data analytics and visualization; quantum science; transportation analytics; and human health, Locascio said.

Notable research accomplishments in FY2018 included: 

The first few months of 2019 have brought additional research news:

  • UMD’s growing role in NSF efforts to create the first practical quantum computer. 
  • An NIH grant for an ongoing research program to understand how the immune responses of ticks contribute to the spread of Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses.
  • A grant from the NSF to establish a new graduate training and research program aimed at creating innovative and sustainable solutions for global food, energy and water systems.
  • new center designed to improve college and career outcomes for students and youth with disabilities. 
  • A grant from the Scripps Howard Foundation to establish multidisciplinary, graduate-level programs focused on training the next generation of reporters through hands-on investigative journalism projects.