Graduate Research Innovation District (Grid)

Group of men discussing who all belong to the GRID group

The Community Campus encompasses many UMB-affiliated programs and buildings, including the Graduate Research Innovation District (Grid). Opened in 2017, the Grid occupies a portion of the historic Lion Brothers Building, located across the street from the new UMB Community Engagement Center.

Your Support

UMB’s capacity to serve the public good of Maryland and society-at-large through education, research, clinical care, service, and community outreach is enhanced through the support of benefactors who share a commitment to excellence and leadership.

The Grid provides entrepreneurial education and resources that prepare students, faculty, and community members to take their research and innovations to the next level through education, early-stage funding, and programming.

Support our growing community of innovators by making a gift to the Grid.


University of Maryland (UM) Ventures and the University of Maryland Graduate School worked in partnership to create the Grid, an innovation space where students, faculty, and staff, as well as local entrepreneurs,  can access entrepreneurial education and programming initiatives and free, high-end business development services. Nearly a dozen startup companies reside at the Grid, injecting the space with an entrepreneurial spirit.

Community members working to launch new companies are able to collaborate with UM Ventures staff and engage with on-site experts, including UMB entrepreneurs-in-residence, advisors with the Maryland Small Business Development Center, and faculty and students working in the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law’s Intellectual Property and Entrepreneurship Clinic.

Starting in fall 2019 the Grid will be home to the University of Maryland Graduate School’s new Master of Science in Health and Social Innovation, providing graduate-level coursework that challenges students to explore and apply principles of innovation, entrepreneurship, and design thinking to solve complex health and social challenges. Housing the program in the Grid will anchor the program in West Baltimore, and provide students the opportunity to work alongside cutting-edge startups focused on innovative health science solutions. 

For information, please download our Graduate Research Innovation District (The Grid) brochure.

GRID building loaded with professionals of all agesThis is truly a space where students, faculty, staff, alumni, and entrepreneurs – inside and outside the University – can work shoulder to shoulder on the next big thing or the next small thing that can make a big difference.”

  President of the University of Maryland, Baltimore