International Research Initiatives

UMD International Research Collaborations:

The University of Maryland is dedicated not only to the dissemination of knowledge but also to the creation and application of knowledge for the good of all people. The United Nations Declaration of Human Rights recognizes the right of the world’s citizens "to enjoy the benefits of scientific progress and its applications.” As the modern metropolitan embodiment of the Land-Grant University, the University of Maryland can help fulfill that universal right.

Many of the big challenges in research are increasingly international in scope and beyond the capabilities of any single institution or nation.

Therefore, as one of the world’s leading research institutions, the University of Maryland will continue to develop sustainable partnerships to:

  • Strengthen the research undertaken by the university in areas of strategic importance to address global issues;
  • Enable the university to pursue large-scale, global research opportunities.
  • Enhance the research administration framework.

Borderless Research Administration Knowledge Exchange (BRAKE)

The University of Maryland is taking a unique, proactive approach to overcoming barriers to enhancing international partnerships by dedicating valuable resources to streamlining administrative functions. These efforts are intended to facilitate research collaborations by reducing administrative obstacles for researchers and strengthening our position as a top tier global research institution by encouraging joint proposal endeavors, research administration, and researcher exchange programs. The Division of Research developed an administrative training program titled Borderless Research Administration Knowledge Exchange (BRAKE) that focuses on engaging international institutions as strategic cohorts concentrated on building expertise in the management and oversight of U.S. federal funding. To date, UMD has engaged in onsite training with global research partners in locations across the world, including Australia, New Zealand, Sweden, Denmark, Israel, and the Netherlands. 

As a result of these exchanges, which not only include training in research administration and responsible conduct of research (including research integrity and research ethics for researchers and research administrators) but also an in-depth assessment of the host institutions’ administrative infrastructure, UMD is positioning itself as a leader in the field of research administration and builds a solid global reputation as one of a culture of compliance with all federal regulations.

UMD works with international partner institutions to develop a global research administrative framework to streamline the processing of proposals, agreements, and projects. This work includes:

  • Coordinating the U21 Research Collaboration Group to develop best practices and standards for international research projects
  • Actively promoting the exchange of research administrative staff with partner institutions
  • Learning and sharing best practices with other institutions

UMD also identifies research themes with international partners that are aligned with UMD strategic research areas, selecting opportunities where there is transnational need for both impact and a collaborative approach. UMD works with partners to:

  • Provide seed funding for international research workshops to stimulate ideas and collaborations
  • Actively promote and advance research themes of mutual interest to international partners 

BRAKE Video Series
The BRAKE video series aims to raise awareness of UMD's international programs and provide guidance to our partners on how to work with UMD.

Foreign Subaward Agreements with the University of Maryland


Universitas 21

The University of Maryland is a member of Universitas 21 (U21), a network of 25 research universities around the world. Defined as the leading global network of research universities for the 21st century, U21 develops, facilitates, and encourages global connections and programming for Researcher Engagement, Educational Innovation, Student Experience, and Collaborations.

For more information about U21, visit our Global Maryland U21 page or the U21 website.



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