UMBC Research Fast Facts
UMBC is classified by the Carnegie
Foundation as a Research University (High Research Activity).
UMBC's rank among universities conducting research and development has increased
steadily in the last eight years, according to the NSF:
is ranked 3rd among all universities in 2005 receiving funding from NASA, accounting
for approximately 2.3% of total NASA funding for the fiscal year and ranks
12th in total federally financed NASA R&D expenditures, in same
cohort as the University of Alabama-Huntsville, the Georgia Institute of
Technology and the Johns Hopkins University.
Among the first 100
universities and colleges receiving federally financed R&D expenditures in the environmental sciences, UMBC
ranks 23rd with $15.6 million, more than any other University System
of Maryland institution in 2005.
UMBC ranks third in
the nation among all universities in the number of scientific journal articles
citations in the geosciences, according to Thomson
Scientific's Science Watch.
UMBC is home to more
than 25 research
centers across many areas, addressing such diverse subject areas as
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Art and Visual Culture , Maryland
Institute for Policy Analysis and Research , Center
for Women and Information Technology and Center
for the Advanced Study of Photonics Research .
UMBC's efforts to build
a comprehensive, supportive environment for women and minority graduate
students and faculty have received national recognition:
- UMBC was among a small number of universities to receive a multi-year,
multi-million-dollar ADVANCE grant
from the NSF in recognition of our strengths in preparing women in science
- The university received a major grant through NSF's Alliances for Graduate
Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) program to prepare more minority
Ph.D.s in science, creating the PROMISE program.
- UMBC’s ACTiVATE program
has formed over ten companies since the program’s inception of the
program in 2004. Supported by a $712K grant from the National Science Foundation's
Partnerships For Innovation program (NSF-PFI), ACTiVATE addresses this
need by recruiting, training, and supporting mid-career women who are serious
about becoming technology entrepreneurs.
In FY 2000, UMBC won a competitive cooperative agreement award of $75 million
over a five-year period with NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center to establish
the Goddard Earth Sciences and Technology
(GEST) Center for collaborative studies in the earth sciences. In
September 2006, UMBC received another large research center, the Center for
Space Science and Technology, CSST, formed by a partnership of the two leading
University of Maryland campuses, College Park and Baltimore County. This
center serves as the administrative unit for UMBC's participation in the CRESST
consortium, which works to increase the involvement of minority and women
scientists in space science research and to facilitate university student
participation in such research.
UMBC and IBM have created a partnership in 2007 to create The
Multicore Computing Center (MC2), a unique facility that will focus on
supercomputing research related to aerospace/defense, financial services, medical
imaging and weather/climate change prediction.