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.



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UCF Research Foundation Board Meetings

Meetings in 2024:




January 16, 2024

3:00-5:00 p.m.
Virtual Meeting

June 5, 2024

3:00-5:00 p.m.
Virtual Meeting

July 30, 2024

3:00-5:00 p.m.
Virtual Meeting

August 27, 2024*

4:00-5:00 p.m.
Virtual Meeting

October 22, 2024

3:00-5:00 p.m.
Virtual Meeting

* this will be a shortened meeting to review the annual audited financials statements only

Pursuant to the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, any person requiring special accommodations to participate in this meeting is asked to advise the University of Central Florida Research Foundation at least 72 hours before the meeting by contacting Kim Smith at 407-823-3062. If you are hearing or speech impaired, please contact the Florida Relay Service at 800-955-8771 (TDD) or 711 (V/TDD).

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 UCF Research Foundation manages a variety of agreements including (i) sponsored contracts and grants; (ii) clinical trial agreements; (iii) research donations, sponsorships, conferences, services and consulting agreements; (iv) vendor agreements; (v) lease and sublease agreements; and (vi) licensing and option agreements.
  • The UCF Research Foundation holds and manages Intellectual Property assets on behalf of UCF.
  • The UCF Research Foundation s actively involved in the financial administration of the UCF Business Incubators, the National Entrepreneur Center (NEC), and the Academy of Science, Engineering and Medicine of Florida (ASEMFL).
  • The UCF Research Foundation resources, Governing documents, financial information and resources for proposals and awards are available here


Winston Schoenfeld
Interim President and Chief Executive Officer
Phone: 407-823-0824

Kim Smith
Chief Operating Officer
Phone: (407) 823-3062

Megan Carrigan
Chief Financial Officer
Phone: 407-823-3541

Robert Wilson
Lead Counsel for the Research Foundation
Phone: (407) 823-0628

Project Administration

Terri Bigham
Associate Director
Phone: (407) 882-1186

Amanda Coveney
Assistant Director

Felecia Sookhoo
Contract Officer III
Phone: (407) 823-1879

Denisha Pierre
Contract Officer II
Phone: 407-882-0153

Alyssa Lindemuth
Contracts Officer II
(407) 823-1253

Nita Patel
Contract Specialist IV
Phone: (407) 823-3458

Janice McFarlane
Post Award Specialist II
Phone: (407) 882-0151

Miguel Antunes
Post Award Specialist II
Phone:(407) 882-0206

Finance & Accounting

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

Sara Garrabrant
Contracts and Grants Accountant III

Ann Boutros
Accounting Manager

Chanda Diperna
Accountant III
Phone:  (407) 822-0031

Rose Carpenter
Accountant I
Phone: (407) 882-0097