Welcome to UCF's Office of Research & Commercialization. As you peruse these pages you will see clear evidence of our strategy of aligning our key areas of research with our regional and statewide economic plans and industry clusters. Over the years we have developed some of the nation's strongest concentrations of intellectual capital in lasers and optics, simulation and training, computer science, alternative energy, biomedical science, nanoscience, and materials among other areas of science, engineering, and education. A significant part of the growth over the decade has been the development of efforts to commercialize the research that is conducted in those and other areas of the university.
Our "entrepreneurship ecosystem," which includes UCF's Technology Transfer Services, Venture Lab, the UCF Business Incubation Program and the Florida Economic Gardening Institute and its GrowFL program, we are seeing technology developed at UCF lead to the formation of Central Florida companies and jobs. And we're also seeing more national recognition for the strength of our research.
If you have a specific question about research and commercialization at UCF or need assistance in identifying university expertise, please contact our website manager at Barb.Abney@ucf.edu. Enjoy your visit.
Dr. MJ Soileau
Vice President for Research & Commercialization
Phone: (407) 823-5538
In our short history the Office of Research & Commercialization at UCF has experienced some monumental changes. Sponsored research funding for last year was ten times the amount just two decades before. As the university continually reaches new milestones in the caliber of work being done and the amount of projects funded, the office of Research & Commercialization has taken steps to streamline the process of partnering.
The Office is responsible for the development and pre-award administration of sponsored research activities for all UCF campuses. This includes the coordination and management of external and internal contracts and grants, interdisciplinary research programs, and inter- and intra-institutional proposals. The Office also oversees the university’s post-award audit process, facilitating accountability to sponsoring agencies.
By making our office accessible to our scientists and our partners, we aim to facilitate more partnerships and, more importantly, more science. We hope this site helps accomplish both. Tell us how we’re doing.
Dr. Tom O'Neal
Associate VP for Research & Commercialization
Phone: (407) 882-1120