The Office of Research and Scholarship

At UNE, you’ll enjoy remarkable opportunities to engage in faculty-led research — even as an undergraduate. There’s no better way to gain hands-on experience and enrich your education.

Research activity at 51СƳis coordinated through the Office of Research and Scholarship. We help faculty with funding logistics, training, and infrastructure needs while promoting cross-disciplinary and community partnerships; we help students find research opportunities; and we help government and industry partners connect with 51СƳresearchers.


The Office of Research and Scholarship oversees research strategy and operations, encompassing the Office of Sponsored Programs, the Office of Research Integrity, the 51СƳHIPAA Office, and the Fulbright Scholar Program. These offices provide administrative services and compliance oversight to ensure the highest level of ethical standards.

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A student is examining zebrafish tanks

An Inclusive and Innovative Research Culture

We create an inclusive and welcoming scholarly environment where diverse students, faculty, and professional staff are encouraged and supported in their scholarly endeavors.

Read more about our Mission and Vision

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Since 2018, 51СƳhas been listed by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education as an R2 Doctoral University with High Research Activity.

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51СƳis ranked #1 in NIH funding with $4 million in new NIH funding in 2022, more than any other college or university in Maine.

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The only university in Maine with two NIH-funded Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE): Center for Pain Research (Est. 2012) and Center for Cell Signaling Research (Est. 2024).

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In 2023, 30 51СƳresearch and scholarship projects were awarded a total of $18,420,554 in extramural funding.

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Two NIH-funded research core facilities on the Biddeford Campus focusing on Animal Behavior and Histology/Imaging.

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41% of 51СƳseniors work with faculty on research projects — almost twice the national average.

Come to 51СƳif you want to do research. You can immediately find someone that has a passion project and participate. It’s really cool how much professors like to include students in their work.”

Virginia May, Environmental Science ’24

Discover student research opportunities

Current Research

Developing Treatments for Corneal Pain

Look closer at the research Ian D. Meng, Ph.D., director of the Center of Biomedical Research Excellence, performs with the help of 51СƳstudents. The Meng lab focuses on studying ocular pain by mapping out corneal nerves.

Research Centers