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During this challenging time, the Maryland Institute for Policy, Analysis, and Research (MIPAR) realizes that it is extremely important to the UMBC research community that research assistance is available. MIPAR is committed to providing continuity of our services to our valued customers, our research faculty.

As you are aware, we cannot physically be on campus at this time. However, the entire MIPAR staff is working remotely and is dedicated to keeping operations running smoothly. There are some limitations due to other administrative constraints, but we will do our best to meet your pre- and post-award research needs.

MIPAR will maintain our usual business hours of Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 5 PM. You can reach the MIPAR staff by email, and our contact information can be found at MIPAR Faculty and Staff. We are also able to set up appointments for phone and video calls. Deb Geare, MIPAR’s Associate Director, can also be reached at 410-960-8068.

As circumstances change we will update the information provided in this briefing.

Please note:  For the most up-to-date information related to UMBC, please visit

For UMBC-wide guidance on research under COVID-19, resources are provided via UMBC Research, the Office of Sponsored Programs, and the Office of Research Protections and Compliance.

For an ongoing list of COVID-19-related RFPs pertinent to the social sciences, go here.