Statewide Initiatives

Click to view the Health Advocates In-Reach and Research Campaign (HAIR) initiative

Launched by the Maryland Center for Health Equity, engages African-American barbershops and beauty salons across Maryland and D.C. as sites to provide health education and screenings.

Click to view the The Do Good Challenge initiative

An innovative prize competition inspiring students to learn about philanthropy and make the greatest social impact they can for their favorite cause, whether in communities around the corner or halfway around the globe.

Click to view the Capital News Service initiative

A student-run news service providing Maryland-specific coverage of important issues, such as sea-level rise, sex trafficking, identity theft and guns in schools, for media outlets across the state.

Click to view The Maryland Sea Grant College initiative

Applying science to protect and restore the Chesapeake Bay and Maryland’s coastal resources. Its research helps leaders and communities take on environmental challenges and create a sustainable coastal economy.

Click to view the Terrapin Teachers initiative

Partnering with local schools to expand the ranks of STEM teachers in the state and nation by encouraging students to pursue math and science degree programs and also become certified as middle or high school teachers.

Click to view the Startup Shell Initiative

This student-run business incubator, founded on campus in 2012, now has more than 150 members and 100-plus alumni who have created 70 startups—on financial literacy, 3-D medical modeling, organic coffee and more.

Click to view the Maryland Agriculture Law Education Initiative

Joining UMD with two other state institutions through MPowering the State, helps preserve family farms and navigate their owners through complex legal requirements and regulations.

Click to view the Maryland Industrial Partnerships (MIPS) initiative

Supports university-based research projects to help companies in the state develop technology-based products. Successful MIPS products have generated more than $30.3 billion in revenue and added thousands of jobs.

Click to view the Washington Post-UMD Poll initiative

Providing insights on how Maryland voters view some of the most important political and social issues in the state, including immigration, taxes, education, gay marriage and health care.

Click to view the Maryland Health Leaders Network initiative

Delivering research, training and professional insights to health industry professionals responsible for patient care programs, population management, innovation and quality.

Click to view the Mtech’s Technology Advancement Program initiative

Maryland’s first technology incubator has helped build some of the most successful tech companies in the state, including Martek Biosciences, Digene Corp. and NovaScreen.

Click to view the Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute initiative

The state’s fire and emergency service training agency, enhancing emergency services providers’ ability to protect life, the environment and property.

Click to view the Maryland Transportation Institute initiative

A catalyst for high-caliber transportation research, education, and technology transfer, delivering on the mission to improve quality of life and economic development in Maryland and beyond.

Click to view the Division of Research at UMD initiative

Home to the Center for Advanced Transportation Technology and the National Transportation Center, developing real-time, personalized information technology for Baltimore-Washington area commuters so they can plan more energy-efficient travel in return for incentives.

Click to view the University of Maryland Extension (UME) initiative

A statewide, non-formal education system within the college of Agriculture and Natural Resources and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore offering educational programs and problem-solving assistance to citizens.

Click to view the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) initiative

Providing sound advice, consulting and support to entrepreneurs and small businesses across the state from regional offices and the "Lead Center" at the University of Maryland since 1988.