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Maryland E-Nnovation Initiative Fund (MEIF)

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Maryland E-Nnovation Initiative Fund (MEIF), administered by the Maryland Department of Commerce, offers a state match to private funds raised in support of endowed chairs at Maryland's higher education institutions. ​​


Under the fund, $8.5 million will be appropriated by the Governor annually from fiscal 2016 through 2021. Investment earnings on the endowments will be expended to further basic and applied research in scientific and technical fields of study as specified by the bill and as determined by the Maryland E-Nnovation Initiative Fund Authority​.  


Nonprofit institutions of higher education in Maryland may apply for this state funding to establish research endowments and, upon securing matching private donations, MEIF funds may be distributed to the endowments.


All applications must be submitted by mail or other delivery method (e.g. hand delivery) to the address below in original hard copy format:

Maryland E-Nnovation Initiative Fund Authority
c/o Maryland Department of Commerce
World Trade Center
401 E. Pratt Street – 15th Floor
Baltimore, MD 21202

For more information about MEIF contact: 

Sarah D. Sheppard, Director, Education & Workforce
Maryland Department of Commerce



In FY2018 the program made eight awards totaling $8,020,000 to four different institutions. The first round of awards were made in August 2017, with additional awards made in January 2018.  FY2018 recipients included:
  • College of Southern Maryland - $500,000
  • Johns Hopkins University - $3.0 million
  • University of Maryland, Baltimore - $1.42 million
  • University of Maryland, College Park - $3.1 million

The FY2018 Annual Report of the program can be viewed here.

In FY2019 the program made 10 awards totaling $9,500,000 to eight different institutions. The first round of awards were made in July 2018, with additional awards made in January 2019.  FY2019 recipients included:
  • Hood College - $1.0 million
  • Johns Hopkins University - $800,000
  • Maryland Institute College of Art - $500,000
  • Mount St. Mary’s University - $1.0 million
  • Towson University - $500,000
  • University of Maryland, Baltimore - $2,986,000
  • University of Maryland, College Park - $1,714,000
  • Washington College - $1.0 million