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The University of Maryland, College Park (UMD) and the Smithsonian Institution are proud of the collaboration that has existed between the two institutions over many years. As part of continuing activities to foster the existing relationship and to forge new areas of collaboration, UMD and SI support a joint competitive Seed Grants for Research Program.

Since 2009, the intent of this initiative is to encourage new teams of investigators to cross institutional and disciplinary boundaries, to enhance established collaborative teams to move to the next level in their research, to establish specific high-impact research foci and/or generate preliminary data to support new areas of endeavor and to encourage research that leads to new funding opportunities. Given the range of disciplines and capabilities at UMD and SI, there are likely to be numerous opportunities to improve research and secure needed new funding.

Recent Grants

Save the Date: October 31, 2016
University of Maryland-Smithsonian Seed Grant Celebration in the Smithsonian Castle Commons.

This event, from 1:30 to 3:30 PM, will kick off with opening remarks and then feature lightning presentations from recent awardees.  This is a festive opportunity to learn about the outcomes of research projects, and to make new connections for future collaboration.

UMD-Smithsonian Meet and Greet Salon, Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Click to view the UMD-SI Meet and Greet Salon Invitation


University of Maryland, College Park
Tara Burke, Director for Research Resources
(301) 405-4178 or tburke13@umd.edu

Smithsonian Institution
Amy L. Marino, Program Officer, Office of the Deputy Under Secretary for Collections and Interdisciplinary Support
(202) 633-5645 or marinoa@si.edu

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