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Office of the Provost, Division of Academic Affairs, University of Maryland


First-Year Innovation & Research Experience (FIRE) Call for Proposals

We are pleased to announce a call for proposals for the University of Maryland First-Year Innovation & Research Experience (FIRE). UMD FIRE will facilitate inquiry-based experiences for first-year students through participation in faculty-led innovation and research streams. Students will engage with faculty and a peer cohort in the development of skill sets in authentic inquiry, critical thinking, innovation and experimental design, problem solving, leadership and scholarly communication. FIRE will complement existing campus initiatives that catalyze undergraduate involvement in research and support institutional curriculum reform and professional development. 

General information about the FIRE program can be found at: 

Additional information and updates regarding this RFP will be posted to this page. 

This program is an adaption of the Freshman Research Initiative (FRI) developed at the University of Texas at Austin. More information about the UT FRI and its 25+ streams can be found at: 

Complete RFP Documents 

For a full description of the FIRE program and annotation of proposal requirements please refer to the complete RFP document. 

The Complete RFP Document 

The Pre-Proposal Template 

The Full-Proposal Template 

Key Dates 

Late April 2014 
- RFP Released 

Late April 2014 until Friday, May 30, 2014 (5PM) 
- Intent to Submit Notifications 

Dates To Be Determined 
- Information & Question/Answer Sessions 
- Times and Dates will be posted to:

Friday, May 30, 2014 (5PM) 
- Pre-Proposals Due 

Friday, June 13, 2014 
- Successful Pre-Proposals Announced 

Friday, June 27, 2014 (5PM) 
- Full Proposals Due 

Friday, July 18, 2014 
- Successful Proposals Announced 

Questions should be directed to: 

Dr. Patrick Killion 
Director of First-Year Research Programs 
Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost 
(301) 405-0057