Research Administration and Development

Recently completed lab in the Undergraduate Research Center Lab, located in the Science Building C-Wing.
C-wing Lab
Maine State Senator Susan Collins talks with a student researcher at the Undergraduate Research Center.
Susan Collins
USM colleagues tour the recently completed lab in the Undergraduate Research Center.
Science Lab
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The mission of the Office of Research Administration and Development is to promote and support research, scholarship and creative activity; to assist faculty, staff and students in obtaining intramural and extramural support; to serve as an advocate for the value of research at USM; and to encourage the use of research, scholarship and creative activity to enrich education, enhance commercialization and development, and to serve the community.

News & Events

The Office of Research Administration and Development is accepting proposals in response to the ongoing Call for Proposals for the Commercialization Gap Fund Program. Full-time USM faculty and staff from all colleges are eligible to apply. Graduate and undergraduate students who have discoveries and inventions resulting from their work at USM are eligible to participate as long as they identify an eligible USM faculty member or staff as the Principal Investigator. The objective of the program is to increase the commercialization of USM inventions and discoveries that align with one or more of the Maine Economic Improvement Fund (MEIF) target areas. The due date for Letters of Interest is February 4, 2014; full proposals are due April 1, 2014.
The Office of Research Administration and Development (RAD) has re-opened its competition for the Multi-Disciplinary Research Cluster Development Seed Fund Program by releasing the 2014 Call for Proposals. The deadline for the required letters of intent is Friday, January 31, 2014. The deadline for full proposals is Friday, March 28, 2014. Funding is expected to range from $50,000 to $150,000 per cluster over two years. The Principal Investigator (PI) must be a tenure-track, tenured faculty or a full-time, non-tenure track USM research professor at USM. Co-PIs must be full-time faculty or full-time USM senior researchers at USM. Adjunct faculty and staff are not eligible to be PIs or co-PIs. A faculty member may submit only one application as PI, but is not limited as a Co-PI on other applications. Currently funded clusters are ineligible to apply to this competition for additional funding.
USM’s Research Administration and Development, in collaboration with Faculty Commons, is offering a faculty professional development workshop in grant writing for tenure-track and tenured faculty at USM. The workshop is comprised of four, 3-hour sessions. Dr. Terry Shehata, Grants Development Specialist and Coordinator for Institutional and Research Grants Development, will conduct the workshop. Light lunch provided at each session. Workshop agenda and registration available online.

USM Research Mission

To support research, scholarship and creative activity to: promote knowledge, discovery and practical application to advance Maine's economy, communities and the quality of life for Maine citizens; to strengthen classroom education and transform the lives of students through real world learning opportunities; and to support faculty and staff commitment to excellence in scholarly accomplishments regionally, nationally and internationally.