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Competitive Intelligence Research Fellow
University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland
Date Posted 05/19/2022
Admin-Laboratory and Research
Salary 28000.00 - 29000.00 -  
Employment Type Graduate Assistant
Application Deadline Open until filled

Position Number:



Graduate Assistant

Functional Title:

Competitive Intelligence Research Fellow

Category Status:

04-Graduate Assistant

Applicant Search Category:

Graduate Assistant

University Authorized FTE:



VPR-Research Development

Hiring Range Minimum:


Hiring Range Maximum:


Campus/College Information:

Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park is the state’s flagship institution. Our 1,250-acre College Park campus is just minutes away from Washington, D.C., and the nexus of the nation’s legislative, executive, and judicial centers of power. This unique proximity to business and technology leaders, federal departments and agencies, and a myriad of research entities, embassies, think tanks, cultural centers, and non-profit organizations is simply unparalleled. Synergistic opportunities for our faculty and students abound and are virtually limitless in the nation’s capital and surrounding areas. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff that will enhance our stature of preeminence in our three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in our community, the state of Maryland, and in the world.

Background Checks

Offers of employment are contingent on completion of a background check. Information reported by the background check will not automatically disqualify you from employment.

Vaccine Protocol

The University of Maryland has made the safety of our students, faculty and staff, and our surrounding communities a top priority. As part of that commitment, the University System of Maryland (USM) recently announced that students, faculty, and staff on USM campuses this fall, including UMD, are required to be vaccinated against COVID. As a prospective and/or a new employee at UMD, you will be required to comply with the University’s vaccination protocol. Proof of full vaccination will be required before the start of employment in order to work at any University of Maryland location. Prospective or new employees may seek a medical or religious exemption to the vaccination requirement at return.umd.edu and must have an approved exemption prior to the start of their employment. Failure to provide proof of vaccination or to obtain approval for a medical or religious exemption will result in the offer of employment being rescinded.

Position Summary/Purpose of Position:

The Competitive Intelligence Fellow will work closely with the various members of the Research Development Office to assist in a wide variety of tasks designed to position UMD faculty and research efforts for competitiveness in the sponsored research funding landscape. These may include extracting and analyzing federal agency, foundation, and UMD research data from key information sources and sites, analyzing the funding landscape and trends related to research programs and funded institutions, analyzing UMD research trends vis a vis sponsors or solicitations, and helping to put together competitive intelligence products including briefings, memos, and other resources.
Duties include, but are not limited to:
● Building overview documents for recurring solicitations and new funding opportunities (NSF MRI, NIH T32, USDA-NIFA SCRI, Packard Fellowships, Keck Foundation Grants, etc)
● Gathering, formatting, and preparing for distribution information on past awards from major sponsors and foundations
● Reporting (written or verbally) on research results and providing actionable recommendations
● Creating new, or improving existing, approaches to information collection and management
● Producing actionable intelligence for strategic planning, program development, and partnership activities
● Other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications:

Minimum Qualifications
The preferred candidate will have a keen interest in gathering and organizing data, developing clear and effective written products, facilitating an open and honest work environment, and providing support as per the qualifications listed below:
● Current graduate student at UMD (masters or PhD);
● Excellent communication skills including writing, editing, verbal;
● Excellent mastery of Microsoft Office products including Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Access;
● Ability to work with a wide diversity of stakeholders (internal and external);
● Ability to work independently and creatively.


● Experience with reviewing federal and/or foundation solicitations and guidelines; pursuing funding opportunities
● An ability to not only undertake research, but to analyze, synthesize, interpret, and present findings in a way that provides strategic decision support
● Eligibility for 2+ years as a graduate student in the position is desirable, but not required.

Posting Date:


Open Until Filled


Best Consideration Date


Physical Demands

Physical Demands
The candidate must be able to occasionally work evenings or during lunch meetings (ca. 12pm to 1pm) with adequate notice and be able to accomplish the physical demands of event and office duties which may include lifting 40 lbs.; setting up tables; etc.

Diversity Statement:

The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.
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