Funding Sources, Grantsmanship, and Core Resources

The SPH supports investigators who are engaged across the spectrum of laboratory –based studies involving molecular biology and genomics, clinical research with human participants, and  community-based participatory research. They are supported by funding from federal sources, foundations, the state, as well as from the University.  The SPH works closely with the staff in the Division of Research at UMD to provide essential support for identifying sources of funding, submitting research proposals, and locating core resources.

Tapping into Sources of Funding for Research, Training, and Entrepreneurship

Almost all of the funding agencies provide useful guidance for researchers interested in submitting proposals; investigators can register with the agencies to receive routine funding announcements.

The federal government has developed as a central resource for government grant funding opportunities and submissions (

Each of the federal agencies has information and guidance related to its particular programs. Some of the agencies that fund SPH faculty include:

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

General Information |  Specific strategic research agendas and plans can be accessed  for each of the 27 NIH Institutes and Centers (

Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC)

General InformationFunding

Agency for HealthCare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)

General Information | Funding

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

General Information | Funding

Administration on Aging (AoA)

Administration for Children and Families (ACF)

General Information | Funding

National Science Foundation (NSF)

General Information | Funding

Department of Defense

Department of Veterans Affairs,  Veterans Health Administration, Office of Research and Development

Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)


Foundations such as those below provide another source of funding:

The Foundation Center facilitates connections to grant makers.

Grantmakers in Health highlights health issues and supports foundations interested in health.

Robert Wood Johnson

Seed Grant Programs

There are various university-based seed grant programs designed to support pilot projects and analyses to prepare faculty to submit larger extramural grants.

Examples of these programs include:

University of Maryland (College Park and Baltimore campuses) Research and Innovation Grant Program. This program is usually announced in the winter and requires partnered investigators from each campus. At College Park, this program is administered by the Division of Research.

University of Maryland Population Research Center (

ADVANCE Program ( )

Faculty Incentive Research Development Awards Administered by the Division of Research at UMD

Investigators can apply for seed funding as an individual faculty member conducting research or as an interdisciplinary team (TIER I); as faculty who are developing  a major program initiative for federal funding (TIER 2), or as a campus wide effort to develop broad, multidisciplinary research efforts in a particular domain (TIER 3). Approval to apply is given by the SPH Associate Dean for Research prior to application, since  a contribution from the School of Public Health is part of the funding formula.  (

Limited Submissions

Limited submissions are funding opportunities that are compiled by the Associate Vice President for Research at UMD.  They require University endorsement or nomination. (

Funding Opportunities for Training: Faculty and Students

Graduate School Funding Opportunities for Faculty. See Research and Scholarship Awards: (

Graduate School Fellowships ( are able to support research among other activities.

Overview of Training and Career Development Mechanisms. This provides an overview of NIH Training  and career development mechanisms and opportunities for post docs, fellows,  and mid career investigators. Several of these mechanisms are also used by other DHHS agencies, such as CDC and AHRQ. (

Funding for Innovation and Entrepreneurship 

The University of Maryland encourages innovation and entrepreneurship; more than 50 university resources, services, contests are listed on the Innovation website (

Students and faculty who are interested in submitting a disclosure or patent application should work with the Office of Technology Commercialization (  The University of Maryland College Park and at the University of Maryland Baltimore  are harmonizing their efforts in entrepreneurship through UM Ventures ( which is an initiative  that  coordinates training, courses and integrated services in technology  commercialization.

UM Ventures provides personalized assistance from individuals  on campus known as site miners, who can work with investigators in developing their intellectual property for further funding through an initiative known as the Maryland Innovation Initiative (MII), which is overseen by the Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO,

Grantsmanship: Preparing and Submitting Research Proposals

Preparing Research Proposals

Guidance on Grantsmanship. In addition to School and University seminars and workshops, there are multiple resources that provide general guidance for grantsmanship. A site from NIH provides an overview that is useful for other grant applications as well: Grant application basics:

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) has an excellent set of tutorials:

Research Administration Support provided by the SPH and the Office of Administration (ORA) in the UMD Division of Research. The SPH research administration staff in the Office of the Dean provide support for faculty and student researchers, ensuring that the proposals comply with university and funding agency policies and requirements before submission to ORA, which is the Office that provides pre-award and post award management at the University level. The administrative staff in the SPH are the main point of contact between the SPH and ORA,. Support for post-award management in the SPH is provided by each Department. The staff of ORA also provide training and updates on university and funding agency research policies and procedures. (

Complying with Regulatory Requirements in Research

The Research Compliance Office in the Division of Research has a portal  that provides access to many of the sites listed below (

Investigators who are planning to conduct clinical research (research involving interaction with human participants) are required to first take online CITI (Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative) training.  This must be done before the initial application, or renewal application, can be fully approved. (

The National Science Foundation requires all undergraduate students, graduate students and postdoctoral researchers who are funded by NSF to receive training in the Responsible Conduct of Research (available through the CITI training program or workshops offered by the Division of Research).

Currently the university also recommends this training for those who are not currently required to complete this course.

All research that involves human subjects or data including human subjects requires review and approval by the University’s Institutional Review Board (IRB).  (

All investigators also are required to complete Financial Conflict of Interest (FCOI) training and submit a FCOI Disclosure for any proposal submitted to a Public Health Service agency, even if there is no FCOI present.  ( )

All research that involves animals requires review and approval by the University’s Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC).(

Depending on the scope of their research faculty are responsible for following the recommended policies for biosafety, biological and chemical hygiene, and radiation safety.

Institutional Biosafety Committee

Biological and Chemical Hygiene Committee:

Radiation Safety Committee:

Finding Core Research Resources

Core Resources and Centers at the University of Maryland

The posting of all Centers and Institutes as well as laboratories and core facilities on the campus, such as those for genomics and mass spectrometry, can be found at the following URL:

Overview of the Laboratory Facilities in the SPH

The laboratory facilities in the School of Public Health support a broad range of research activities, which range from genomics and molecular biology, to research involving human participants (clinical research).  The laboratory facility descriptions and services are organized according to the following areas:

  • Biostatistics Support
  • Basic Research
  • Clinical Research
  • Laboratory for Student Training

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Overview of the Laboratory Facilities in the SPH

The laboratory facilities in the School of Public Health support a broad range of research activities, which range from genomics and molecular biology, to research involving human participants (clinical research).  The laboratory facility descriptions and services are organized according to the following areas:

  • Biostatistics Support
  • Basic Research
  • Clinical Research
  • Laboratory for Student Training

​Biostatistics Support

Biostatistics and Risk Assessment Center (BRAC)

The center conducts statistical and bioinformatics analysis, data mining, and quantitative risk assessments in areas of public health and biomedical research. We provide our services via research collaborations. When BRAC faculty members serve as co-investigators in research projects, we have expertise to provide the following services: database and information system management; a suite of biostatistical analysis methods; bioinformatics analysis for genomics projects; quantitative risk assessment; predictive models and evaluation of accuracy; and website design and hosting.  Available equipment includes: Dell PowerEdge T310 server with an Intel Xeon X3460 Quad Core Processor and 32GB of RAM Memory.

Pricing: Appropriate percent of full-time efforts (%FTE) for BRAC faculty members and programming assistant on the project; plus project share of yearly software renewal costs.

Director: Mei-Ling Ting Lee , Ph.D. | Email:MLTLEE@UMD.EDU | Room:2234R | Telephone Number: 301-405-4581 | Website:

Laboratory Facilities for Basic Research

Functional Genomics Laboratory   

The laboratory in the Department of Kinesiology is a ~1000 sq ft wet lab is dedicated to functional genomics-based laboratory and computer analysis procedures, including DNA extraction, PCR, genotyping, electrophoresis, telomere length/telomerase, and in silico genetic analysis.

Director:  Stephen M. Roth, Ph.D. | email: | Location: 2309 SPH | Telephone number: 301-405-0380 | Website: /knes/research/genomics/home.htm

Molecular Basis of Muscle Function Laboratory

The laboratory has the capacity to do physiological, cellular, biochemical and molecular assessments of muscle function.  A key feature of the lab is the ability to examine living single muscle fibers to simultaneously assess muscle contraction and changes in intracellular calcium using imaging techniques.  In addition to determining the causes of muscle contractile failure we also evaluate the regenerative capacity of muscle using satellite cell cultures and immunohistochemical assessment of molecular markers of myogenesis.  These techniques are used to examine the underlying cellular and molecular defect of muscle in various neuromuscular diseases using both transgenic mouse models and human tissue samples.    

Director: Eva Chin | email: | Location: SPH2128B | Telephone number: 301-405-2478

Molecular Systems Laboratory

The laboratory performs physiological and metabolic measures to elucidate mechanisms that regulate function of skeletal muscle and/or adipocytes. Specific measures include: in vitro/in situ force and fatigue measures of skeletal muscle, fluorescence imaging of single cells, culturing of primary skeletal muscle and adipocytes, co-culture approaches, biochemical ROS/metabolite assays, functional mitochondrial measures, in vivo/in vitro gene delivery to skeletal muscle, in vitro cell stimulation studies, animal exercise studies, and standard protein/mRNA measures.

Equipment includes---- The 1,000 square foot lab is setup for animal surgeries (isoflurane vaporizer, dissection microscope, dissection tools, etc..), biochemical/molecular experiments, and contains an isolated cell culture room with 2 dedicated cell culture hoods plus 2 CO2 incubators. Dr. Spangenburg maintains an inverted fluorescent microscope (Zeiss Axio Image Z1 coupled with Apotome) for imaging. The lab also contains an Aurora in vitro and in situ muscle physiology apparatus, IonOptix Myopacer for single fiber stimulation approaches, and a S88 Grass Instruments stimulator for skeletal muscle cDNA electroporation.  His lab also contains BioTek Synergy H1 monochromator microplate reader and 2 Hanastech Oxytherm oxygen electrodes. In addition, equipment for immunoblotting, glucometer, gel imaging, Beckman UV/spectrophotometer, GeneGnome ECL imaging system, Eppendorf temperature controlled microcentrifuge, multiple thermocyclers, rodent 3/6 lane treadmill, multiple voluntary running wheels, etc.

Director: Espen Spangenburg, Ph. D. | Laboratory Manager: Ana Valencia | email: | Location: room 2128 | Telephone number: 301-405-2484

Environmental Health Sciences Laboratories

The EHS laboratories are BSL2 laboratories for analysis of environmental and human specimens. They consist of four shared facilities and three labs focused on different types of analyses: microbial genomics, infectious bioaerosols and exhaled biomarkers, and chemical exposure assessment.

Environmental Health – Shared Facilities

Shared facilities include a field sample preparation lab (room 2121), post-PCR lab (room 2125), temperature controlled weigh and microscopy lab (room 2131C), and a freezer area and a general equipment and preparation lab (room 2127).

Equipment: Beckman Coulter high-capacity temperature controlled centrifuge, incubators, standard thermocycler, an Agilent Mx3005P real-time PCR cycler, gel electrophoresis units and power supplies, a gel documentation system, a rotisserie hybridization oven, an ultraviolet light crosslinker, analytical microbalance for PM measurements, an Olympus fluorescence microscope, -80˚C freezers, autoclave, lyophilizer, Fisher Iso-temp Model 800 convection oven, and dishwasher.

Environmental Health – Microbial Genomics Laboratory

The environmental microbial genomics laboratory supports research in environmental microbiology and environmental microbial genomics. Capabilities of the lab include the use of traditional microbiology methods to culture enteric bacterial pathogens from complex environmental and clinical samples (e.g., air, water, wastewater, reclaimed water, soil, food, stool, swabs, saliva, bronchoalveolar lavage), as well as the use of cutting-edge genomic approaches to characterize the bacterial microbiome and metatranscriptome of these environmental and clinical samples. The lab has well-established collaborations with the Institute for Genome Sciences at the University of Maryland, School of Medicine for next-generation sequencing and the University of Maryland, Center for Health-related Informatics and Bioimaging.

Equipment: two refrigerated micro-centrifuges, two Baker SterilGARDIII Advance biological safety cabinets, a chemical fume hood, a Sensititre instrument for antimicrobial susceptibility testing, incubators, water baths, refrigerators, -20˚C freezers, a NanoDrop ND-1000 spectrophotometer, air and water sampling and testing equipment, and small tabletop instruments.

Director:  Amy R. Sapkota, PhD, MPH | Email: | Room: 2133 | Telephone number 301-405-4158

Environmental Health – Bioaerosol, Virology, and Exhaled Biomarker Laboratory

The laboratory supports studies of airborne infection transmission, influenza epidemiology, bioaerosol exposure in asthma, and non-invasive monitoring of exhaled biomarkers. Capabilities of the lab include culturing viruses, RTqPCR, analysis of exhaled breath particles, bioaerosol sampling, exhaled breath concentration monitoring, and immunoassay. 

Equipment: two ­QiaCube Automated DNA and RNA extractors, Biotek ELX808IU and FLX800TBIE visible and fluorescence temperature controlled kinetic microplate readers, three CO2 incubators, a biosafety cabinet, two G-II human exhaled aerosol collectors, a Pulmatrix Exhalair exhaled particle analyzer and collector, assorted aerosol generators for liquid droplet and dry aerosols, HEPA filtered glove box and large chamber for aerosol containment, Vaisala CO2 monitors, air sampling pumps, upper-room UVC fixtures, refrigerator and -20˚C freezer.

Director:  Michael Grantham, PhD | Email: | Room: 2131A SPH | Telephone number 301-405-4081

Environmental Health – Chemical Exposure Assessment Laboratory

The laboratory supports research in quantifying individual level exposures to air pollutants including volatile organic compounds (VOCs), polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and particulate matter (PM).  Ongoing laboratory work supports exposure assessment in epidemiological studies using air samples as well as biological samples such as urine, blood and saliva. 

Equipment: 2 Shimadzu HPLC systems, the first with an SIL-10ADVP auto-injector and an SPD-10AVP UV-VIS detector and the second system with a similar injector and an SPD-10AVVP UV-VIS detector; a Shimadzu GC-2010 gas chromatograph coupled with a QP 2010 single quadrupole mass spectrometer (GC/MS); an ABI3000 Liquid Chromatograph Tandem Mass Spectrometer (LC-MS/MS) with an Analysis 1.4.2 software, a Varian Saturn 2200 GC/MS including 3800 GC, 1079 PTV injector with programmable temperature and programmable split/splitless control, CombiPAL liquid and headspace autosampler with solid phase microextraction capability, and Ion Trap Mass Spectrometer with SIS, MS/MS and CI capabilities; two refrigerated micro-centrifuges,  air sampling equipment, refrigerators, -20°C freezers, a water-bath and sonicators.

Director:  Amir Sapkota, PhD, MS | Email: | Rooms 2131B | Telephone number: 301-405-8716

Laboratory Facilities for Clinical Research

The Exercise Physiology Laboratory

The laboratory has the capacity to assess cardiovascular fitness, exercise metabolism, muscular strength and power, and body composition. The equipment in the laboratory consists of a computerized VO2 and electrocardiographic (ECG) system linked with a treadmill and a state of the art system for assessing muscular strength and power. Also available are devices to measure blood glucose, lactate, and hemoglobin levels and blood pressure. In addition the Laboratory has a Bod Pod which uses air displacement to assess body composition, an underwater weighing tank which uses water displacement to quantify body composition, a number of bioelectric impedance meters and numerous skinfold calipers to assess body composition.

Director: James Hagberg,Ph.D. | Laboratory Manager: Rian Landers-Ramos | Email: | Rooms 0114 and 0116 SPH

The following four facilities are designed for clinical research in the Cognitive-Motor (CogMo) Science Program in the Department of Kinesiology

The CogMo Neuromechanics Laboratory

This laboratory studies neuromechanical mechanisms of human movements in general. The current research focus includes (1) hand and multi-digit actions of people with neurological disorders, (2) locomotion in persons with lower extremity amputations and footwear, and (3) auditory feedback processing for motor performance. This lab has multiple testing stations with piezoelectric sensors, optical sensors, amplifiers, signal conditionals, function generators, etc. for assessment of fine and gross movements of humans.  

Director: Jae Kun Shim, Ph.D. | Laboratory Manager: Edward Chu | Email: | Room 0110C SPH | Telephone Number: 301-405-8154 | Webpage: /knes/faculty/jkshim/neuromechanics

The CogMo Biomechanics Core Laboratory

This laboratory is a biomechanics core facility for biomechanical testing of gross human movements such as human locomotion. This space contains essential equipment for biomechanical and physiological testing and analysis for human movements such as 11 Kistler force platforms, 23 Vicon motion capture cameras, electromyography sensors, movement speed sensors, a portable metabolic unit, etc. The facility is capable of biomechanical and physiological testing during continuous walking and running on a 60-m track.

Director: Jae Kun Shim, Ph.D. and Ross Miller, Ph.D. | Laboratory Manager: Edward Chu | Email: | Room 0102 SPH | Telephone Number: 301-405-8154

The CogMo Virtual Reality Lab

This laboratory is used to study the neural control of walking and standing.  It contains a three-screen visual cave to project a moving virtual visual scene surrounding the subject, linear motors to mechanically perturb the subject, a treadmill, a kinematic tracking system to record the subject's movements, and an EMG system to record the subject's muscle activations.

Director: J. Carson Smith, Ph.D. | Email: | Room: 2243C SPH | Telephone Number: 301-405-0344

The CogMo EEG  Facility

This lab has EEG equipment which can be used in a sound attenuated chamber

Director: J. Carson Smith, Ph.D. | Email: | Room 2302 SPH | Telephone Number :301-405-0344

Center for Health Behavior Research

The UMD Center for Health Behavior Research (CHBR) includes a clinical facility designed to address research questions focused on tobacco use. It has five well-equipped psychological counseling and social support offices, a fully equipped medical exam room (exam table, ophthalmoscope, electrocardiogram (EKG) machine, physiologic monitor), a human smoking laboratory, a blood draw room, a wet lab and a reception area. The UMD CHBR is a secure research unit with limited access by card-swipe identification cards.

Biological samples are processed and stored in the wet lab. This room is equipped with counters, cabinets, a temperature-controlled and locked refrigerator, a temperature-controlled and locked frost-free freezer, biohazard containers, a dry- ice cooler, centrifuge, blood draw chair sink and general laboratory supplies. Equipment includes: a Dinamap® Pro 1000 physiologic monitor with capabilities for non-invasive blood pressure monitoring, continuous heart rate monitoring, respiration wave and rate, and SpO2 recording, Baumanometer standard manual blood pressure machine with calibrated v-lok cuffs,  a complete Banyan Stat Kit® 700 crash cart, a   Zoll AED Plus defibrillator, and a research grade digital EEG and ERP recording system (NuAmps). A barcode printer and labeling system to track samples system are also in the suite.

Director:  Elbert D. Glover, Ph.D. | Email: | Co-Directors: Pam Clark, Ph.D., MSPH (, Cheryl Holt, Ph.D. (, Amelia Arria, Ph.D. ( | Location:  Room1242, School of Public Health | Phone: 301-405-0388

Facilities in the Center for Healthy Families

The Center for Healthy Families houses the training facility for the Couple and Family Therapy program in the Department of Family Science.  Family therapy is provided to approximately 450 area families and couples annually.  These services are provided in 8 clinical therapy rooms with observation facilities attached for use by clinical supervisors.   In addition, clinical research including focus groups is also conducted in the therapy rooms with observation access.  Research is conducted on family relationships, interpersonal communication, treatment for domestic violence, financial counseling, and varied problems facing today’s families.

Director:  Carol Werlinich, Ph.D. | Email: | Location: Room 0142 School of Public Health | Phone: 301-405-3659 or 301-405-2273 | Website:

Physical Cultural Studies laboratory

The Physical Cultural Studies (PCS) laboratory is a site in which we examine physical culture in its various forms, including sport, exercise, health, dance, and movement related practices. Researchers based in this lab use qualitative research methods (e.g., ethnography, participant observation, in-depth interviews, media and discourse analysis, archival techniques) to develop a contextually based understanding of the corporeal practices, discourses, and subjectivities through which active bodies become organized, represented, and experienced in relation to the operations of social power. Through the development and strategic dissemination of potentially empowering forms of knowledge and understanding, PCS seeks to illuminate, and intervene into, sites of physical cultural injustice and inequity. While much of our data is collected at research sites outside of the laboratory (in the contexts in which daily physical culture occurs), data is also collected and analyzed within the lab space using equipment such as digital recorders, transcription equipment and qualitative data analysis software.

Director: Dr. Shannon Jette | Laboratory Manager: Julie Maier | Email: and | Location: SPH 0110K | Telephone number: 301-405-2497 | Website:

Laboratory for Student Media Training

SPH Media Lab - Public Health Collaboratory for Training and Learning (PHCTL)

The Public Health Collaboratory for Training and Learning (PHCTL) is a technology laboratory concept designed to enhance and facilitate the integration and implementation of interdisciplinary learning, teaching and education program development. The PHCTL is an open lab for students in our school and across campus. Its primary goal is to develop student understanding, curiosity and skill regarding the application of technology to the practice of public health and healthcare through the use of “hands-on” opportunities. This collaboratory was intended to change the way that students are trained through access to new interactive, experiential and team-based learning technologies, all within an environment where learners of various backgrounds can mingle and exchange ideas.

Director: Marcio A. Oliveira, Ph.D. | Email: | Room: 0227 | Telephone: 301.405.2454