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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UCF Research Foundation Board Meetings

Meetings in 2021:




April 6, 2021

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

August  26, 2021

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

October 28, 2021

4:00-5:30 p.m.
Virtual Meeting

December 7, 2021

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

Meetings in 2022:




January 25, 2022

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

April 26, 2022

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

July 26, 2022

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

August 24, 2022*

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

October 25, 2022

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 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
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 II
Phone: (407) 823-1879

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

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

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

Finance & Accounting

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

Sara Garrabrant
Accountant III

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

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

Kevin Donahue
Accountant I