Research at the UMD iSchool

Transforming how Information and Technology are Moving the World Forward


Empowering, Inspiring, Connecting

Driven by the pursuit of new ideas and big discoveries, faculty, researchers, and students at the UMD College of Information Studies (UMD iSchool) are combining principles of information science with cutting-edge technology to foster access to information, improve information interfaces, and expand how information is used. We tackle significant, real-world information challenges from diverse perspectives such as communication, information retrieval, policy, computer science, education, archives, business, human factors, law, humanities, and more. Our discoveries empower, inspire, and connect individuals and communities.


Research Improvement Grants

The College of Information Studies’ Research Improvement Grants (RIGs) Program is a competitive internal grant program for improving research. The improvements are broken into two areas as delineated by the two RIGs Tracks. The purpose of Track 1 is to provide funding to assist iSchool researchers who could greatly improve their research efforts by means of limited financial support and who have exhausted all other available funding sources. The purpose of Track 2 is to provide funding to enable iSchool researchers to extend their impact within the larger academic community. The program supports and encourages individuals or teams of researchers to catalyze and mobilize larger scale research that extends beyond the iSchool. Proposal applications will be accepted on September 15th, January 15th, and April 15th of every year.

Learn more about RIGs

The UMD iSchool embraces interdisciplinary and collaborative research. If you are a researcher at another college, university, or research institution and would like to explore a research partnership, please reach out.

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