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MIPAR conference roomMIPAR serves as the University’s center for applied scholarly research on significant issues of public policy, conducting opinion research, policy analyses and program evaluations on a wide range of topics. Though external grants and contracts, MIPAR offers faculty and students unique opportunities to engage in applied policy research.

MIPAR administers the Center for Aging Studies (CAS), which conducts research on the socio-cultural and applied dimensions of aging. CAS strives to enhance the well-being of older adults by working collaboratively with consumers, care providers, policymakers, and medical professionals to disseminate research findings. More than 20 multi-year studies totaling more than $20 million in funding have been conducted since 1997. CAS attracts graduate students and researchers who are committed to furthering a comprehensive approach to the study of aging, incorporating both qualitative and quantitative approaches.

Our Partner Research Centers at UMBC

Two research centers on campus emphasize interdisciplinary approaches to social science research. Each of these centers provides opportunities for faculty and graduate student research and employment.

The Hilltop Institute is Maryland’s premier research center for health policy. Hilltop is dedicated to improving the health and social outcomes of vulnerable populations. Hilltop conducts research, analysis, and evaluation on behalf of government agencies, foundations, and other non-profit organizations at the national, state, and local levels. Hilltop has expertise in Medicaid and in improving publicly funded health care systems to increase access and positive outcomes for vulnerable populations.

The Center for Urban Environmental Research and Education (CUERE) was created with initial support from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The Center’s mission is to advance the understanding of the environmental, social, and economic consequences of transformation of the urban landscape. CUERE performs its mission through cooperative research projects, and conferences, and support of University teaching programs.