UMD Research Resources

University Research Resources:

With the new Severe Research Restrictions in place, please adhere to the following guidelines:

Animal Care.  New animal studies should not be initiated at this time. Campus personnel involved in animal research should read the following information: Animal Research Guidance - March 23, 2020. Contact with any questions related to animal care. Also see the following resources:

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee. Updates on meetings, protocol submission, and submission processing will be posted on the IACUC website.

Institutional Review Board (IRB) and the Use of Human Subjects in Research:  Studies requiring face-to-face interaction with participants with no direct drug or therapeutic benefit are to be postponed until further notice.  Changes to protocols due to adjustments in level of restrictions will be handled in an expedited manner. Please watch the IRB website for updates. Contact Joe Smith ( with questions.
IRB Guidance for Moving to Remote Interactions - March 21, 2020

Institutional Biosafety Committee. Updates on meetings, protocol submission, and processing will be posted on the IBC website.  We expect that the Biosafety Office will be able to process IBC registrations and amendments, even if personnel are working remotely.  Contact with any questions.

Research with Sensitive or Restricted Data.  Some research projects may involve sensitive data that have security controls mandated by the sponsor, policy, or federal law (examples: HIPAA, FERPA, Export-controlled, etc.).  If your project is subject to a data security plan or Technology Control Plan that precludes remote access, contact your department or college IT security administrator, or Division of IT, Gerry Sneeringer (  If your project involves export-controlled technologies under a Technology Control Plan, please contact the UMD Export Compliance Office (  If it becomes necessary to communicate with the sponsor, please contact your contract administrator in the Office of Research Administration.  This guidance is intended for "on-campus" projects not involving Classified Information.  For projects conducted at an off-campus, secure facility, the Facility Security Officer or Director of the Facility will need to provide guidance to research staff and faculty.
Guidelines on Mail Delivery and Ordering Supplies. The University has shared Guidelines on Mail Delivery, HAZMAT, and Ordering Supplies.
Limited Submissions/Funding Opportunities.  In general, we expect new RFPs and solicitations to continue to be offered by foundations and the government.  Funding opportunities with a compressed timeline for submission will be distributed directly to faculty, and we will continue to distribute funding alerts on a regular basis. For information about COVID-19 funding opportunities, please visit the link below:

COVID-19 Funding Opportunities

In addition, we encourage you to check the UMD Limited Submission and Seed Grant Portal for regular updates.  

Proposal Resources & Training:  Resources forproposal development, technology transfer, and entrepreneurship will all continue as normal although some training and seminars will move online.

Material Transfer, Equipment Loan, and Donation Agreements:

For assistance with outgoing material transfer, equipment loan, and donation agreements contact UM Ventures (

UM Ventures is a team of professionals with expertise in all aspects of technology transfer, intellectual property development and management, technology marketing, and license strategy and negotiation. UM Ventures can also assist with material transfer and donation agreements for UMD research tools and other intellectual property. Contact staff to schedule a virtual meeting

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