Vision Statement

To execute excellence, provide superior support and expand funding opportunities designed to collectively help the University of Central Florida achieve the distinction of being named a world-class research university.

Elevating & Fostering an Environment of Research at UCF

The UCF Research Foundation (UCFRF) was created in 1991 as a non-profit direct support organization of UCF to promote, encourage and provide assistance to the research activities of University faculty, staff and students. UCFRF accepts and administers contracts, grants, and other sponsored activities as well as appropriate donations, the majority coming from private funds. In addition, UCFRF provides the mechanism for making UCF discoveries, inventions, processes and work products available to the public. The UCFRF also assists with the economic development initiatives of the University.


The UCF Research Foundation Financials project was recently featured in Quest Q&A, the online magazine of the Quest International Users Group. FSS Technical Communicator Christyn Smith drew information from project documents and interviewed team members and project partners to author a comprehensive overview of the projectís rationale, its benefits to UCF, and its measures of success. Read the whole story at



The UCF Research Foundation (UCFRF) and Finance and Accounting (F&A) are pleased to announce the successful launch of the UCFRF Financials Project, on July 6, 2015.


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2019 Quarterly UCF Research Foundation Board Meetings

Dates & Times:
Tuesday, March 5, 2019 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, June 4, 2019 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, August 27, 2019 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, October 1, 2019 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Tuesday, December 3, 2019 3:00-5:00 p.m.








Notice of Public Meeting

A special meeting will convene at 2pm, October 1, 2019.


To obtain dial in number and participant access code, please call Nita Patel at 407-823-3458.

Pursuant to 286.0105 F.S., if a person decides to appeal any decision made by the board with respect to any matter considered at such meeting, he or she will need a record of the proceedings and may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made.


  • The UCFRF is actively involved in the financial administration of the UCF Business Incubators and the Florida High Tech Corridor Council.
  • Sponsored research administered by the UCFRF ranges from the study of sea turtle nesting to the development of a systematic methodology for protecting power regulator microchips.
  • The UCFRF serves as fiscal agent for the National Entrepreneur Center and ICAMR.


Kim Smith
Executive Director/Chief Operating Officer
Phone: (407) 823-3062
Fax: (407) 823-3299

Megan Carrigan
Chief Financial Officer
Phone 407-823-3541
Fax 407-882-0553

Project Administration

Terri Bigham, Assistant Director
Phone: (407) 882-1186
Fax: (407) 823-3299)

Nita Patel, Project Coordinator
Phone: (407) 823-3458
Fax: (407) 823-3299

Ritu Bhatia, Project Assistant

Finance & Accounting

Ed Jacobs
Phone: (407) 882-1113
Fax: (407) 882-0553

Rose Carpenter
Finance and Project Analyst
Phone: (407) 882-0097
Fax: (407) 823-3299

Sara Garrabrant, Accounting Coordinator
Phone: (407) 823-0668
Fax: (407) 823-3299