UMBC Research Fast Facts
UMBC is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a Research University (High Research Activity).
UMBC ranks second among U.S. universities in NASA funding, according to U.S. Census Bureau data. The university’s NASA-funded centers are the Joint Centers for Earth Systems Technology, the Goddard Earth Systems and Technology Center and the Center for Research and Exploration in Space Science and Technology.
The University is among the top three Ph.D-granting universities in the U.S. in the production of IT degrees at the undergraduate, master’s and doctoral levels, according to the National Science Foundation (NSF).
UMBC ranks 76th in the nation for prestigious faculty awards. Recent honors include a Mellon Research Fellow, Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, Guggenheim Fellow and Woodrow Wilson Career Enhancement Fellow.
UMBC faculty attract nearly $180,000 in per-capita research funding, a rate higher than George Mason University, the University of Delaware and the University of Virginia.
In terms of funding, UMBC is among the fastest-growing research universities. The University’s research funding has grown to $87 million, up from $36 million in 1996.
bwtech@UMBC, the University’s integrated research park, incubator and accelerator, is home to nearly 50 companies, which generate over $200 million annually in total business sales.
According to Thomson Scientific's Science Watch, UMBC's geoscience research ranked third nationally in citation impact for 2001-2005. The only other U.S. universities producing more frequently cited papers were Harvard University and the Georgia Institute of Technology.
The UMBC Public Policy program is ranked tenth nationally in faculty scholarly productivity, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education. Harvard, Duke and the University of Maryland, College Park were also ranked in the top 10. In 2006/2007, UMBC awarded more public policy doctoral degrees than all but one university in the U.S.