NOTE: 2017-2018 guidelines are available at the VPR Advancement of Early Career Researchers (AECR) program webpage.


The purpose of this grant program is to initiate new faculty research activities, which will strengthen faculty credentials and make them more competitive for external funding appropriate to their discipline. All proposals must clearly address this objective. Proposals for activities related to the applicant's past research must show how the proposed research differs from, and clearly enhances, the faculty member's research agenda.

Other worthwhile objectives such as curriculum development, student research projects, cataloging or compiling information, or studies that only gather descriptive information, although highly meritorious, are not eligible for funding. Proposals for self-development through courses or workshops and other in-service projects are not eligible; however, projects that include a training component specifically to enhance research skills essential to the project are allowable. Proposals that address only the preparation or publication of reports or manuscripts based on prior research (e.g., a dissertation) are not eligible.

The intent of this program is to assist early career faculty to effectively grow in experience and involvement at UCF.


1. Standard
    Any legitimate research area. Interdisciplinary research is encouraged.
    Maximum per proposal--$7,500*
2. Arts & Humanities
    Research area dealing specifically with the Arts & Humanities.
    Maximum per proposal -$7,500*
    ($6,250 Office of Research & Commercialization, $1,250 College of
    Arts & Humanities).

* Exceptional proposals requiring a larger amount of funding may be considered but will require substantial contributions from the PI's department and/or college, institute or center. These contributions may take the form of additional funding or release time.



    May 1, 2017 - Apr. 30, 2018.



    All Assistant and Associate tenure-track or equivalent UCF Faculty who have been in residence at UCF for fewer than six years (sixth year must not be completed) and have not yet received tenure are eligible.

    Each faculty member may submit or be included in only one proposal.

    Equivalent UCF faculty at Centers and Institutes members are eligible.

    Senior faculty members are eligible to partner with junior faculty but cannot act as the Principal Investigator (PI).

    If awarded, the faculty member must be on a 1.0 FTE UCF tenure-track contract or center/institute equivalent during the duration of the grant award or the grant will be forfeited.

    Members of the UCF Research Council who are serving as In-House Research Grant reviewers are not eligible.

    Visiting Professors are not eligible.

    Previous awardees of In-House grants cannot apply again as Principal Investigators (PI).




Each application must contain the following components in this order:


1. Hard-Copy Proposal Transmittal Form (PTF): Complete the hard-copy PTF. Any cost share or matching funds must be included as last page of the hard copy PTF showing line item, amount, account number, source (department, college, etc.) and authorized signature.


2. Application Cover Page: Complete the 1 page application Cover page.


3. Project Description: The Project Description may not exceed 6 pages (12 pt. font, 1" margins, double-spaced), and must contain the following elements:


(i)    Category: Identify the proposal category most appropriate to your project.


(ii)   Background Statement: Include a brief statement on related prior work and clearly delineated research focus and needs.


(iii)  Statement of Objectives: Identify a clear relationship with background statement methodology and note significance of anticipated results.


(iv) Plan of Work: Provide an appropriate plan for meeting objectives, with a clear explanation of procedures, activities, time line; if appropriate, include plan for effective human/animal use and safety.


(v)  Benefit to University: Identify potential benefits to the university as a result of this award.


4. References Cited: This section must include bibliographic citations only and must not be used to provide parenthetical information outside of the 6-page Project Description. (No page limit).


5. Budget: For faculty assigned to the College of Art & Humanities, please complete the Arts and Humanities budget form. For all others, please complete the Standard budget form.


All requested funds (e.g., equipment, travel, student support) must integral to the research and not available within the department, college, institute, or center. Justification for equipment requests must be provided.


Funds may not be used for travel to attend conferences.


Funds may not be used for dual compensation or overload.


6. Resume Form: Complete the Resume form for Principal Investigator only. (Limited to 2 pages).


7. Potential Funding Sources: Identify up to five specific funding sources in the Pivot database that could be targeted for submittal as a result of the In-House award. Proposals without these potential sources will not be evaluated.


Click here for instructions on how to export selected funding opportunities to be included with the In-House submission.


Information on Pivot account setup and funding searches can be found at the Pivot helpdesk.


8. Evaluation Sheet: Please ensure an Evaluation Sheet is included with only the header information completed for review. Please complete only the first 4 lines of the document.


Please submit the original hard copy to your College, Department, Center, or Institute point of contact for appropriate ranking by October 3, 2016.




Proposals will be evaluated according to the following criteria:


Potential impact of the proposed research on the faculty member's research program.


Technical merit of the proposed research.


Plan of work.


Potential benefit to the University.


Feasibility of future funding appropriate to discipline.




i. College, Center, and Institute Ranking Committee Guidelines:


Each College, Center, or Institute participating in this program will establish a review and ranking committee. Each committee will review the proposals and select no more than 10 grant applications to be submitted to ORC for final review by the Research Council.

Each review and ranking committee will forward a document on letterhead addressed to the Assistant Vice President for Research & Commercialization that contains the names of the PIs, project titles, and the average respective ranking for the proposal (i.e., 1 - 7 with 7 being the highest).

The College, Center or Institute ranking committees must use the Evaluation Sheet contained within the RFP. In addition, please forward College, Institute, and Center proposal review and evaluation summaries for each ranked proposal. These summaries will be sent to the UCF Research Council. The UCF Research Council will place the highest priority on the College, Center, and Institute top recommendations.


Instructions for Proposal Submission from College, Center, or Institute Ranking Committee to ORC:


Please include the following components in this order for each proposal application.


A blank Evaluation Sheet with only the first 4 lines of PI information completed.


All Evaluation Sheets for the submission that were completed by the College, Center, or Institute Ranking Committee.


A completed hard copy PTF with proper signatures for each proposal.


Original hard copy of the proposal application, bound using a binder-clip (not stapled or bound in any other way).


Each College, Center, or Institute Ranking Committee will forward their group of proposals with accompanying ranking letter by November 3, 2016 to:


ATTENTION: Dr. Debra Reinhart, Assistant VP for Research 
University of Central Florida
Office of Research & Commercialization
12201 Research Parkway, Suite 150
Orlando, FL 32826-0150
Office: (407) 823-2315


ii. UCF Research Council Guidelines:


The UCF Research Council will review the College, Center, and Institute rankings, review summaries, and proposals to produce an overall ranking of proposals for the university.


The Vice President for Research & Commercialization and his designates will review recommendations and make the final determination for awards based on the alignment with UCF research goals and the level of funding available. Awards will be announced when final decisions are made by the Vice President for Research & Commercialization.




Announcement of Awards:


After the UCF Research Council reviews the proposals and funding recommendations are made available, each reviewed grant applicant will be officially notified of the final decision.


Please note that all grant funding is contingent upon the availability of funds.


Reporting Requirements:


Recipients of funding for this program must submit a final report to the Vice President for Research & Commercialization by the end of the funding period. This report should include an abstract of the completed work for inclusion in a funding brochure. A suggested template for the final report is available.


Assessment of Award:


The UCF Research Council will perform an annual assessment of the value of this program to the university by conducting a review of the final reports of the previous year's awards, aided by additional follow-up material requested from their authors. This review will be made available to the Deans of the Colleges, Vice President for Research & Commercialization, Provost, and President.



If you have any questions regarding this application, the proposal submission process, Pivot, funding sources, or other inquiries, please contact:

    Joshua Roney
    Research Development Coordinator
    University of Central Florida
    Office of Research & Commercialization
    12201 Research Parkway, Suite 150
    Orlando, FL 32826-0150
    Office: (407) 882-0007


    Madhavi (Maddy) Chokshi
    Research Development Coordinator
    University of Central Florida
    Office of Research & Commercialization
    12201 Research Parkway, Suite 150
    Orlando, FL 32826-0150
    Office: (407) 882-1141