I. PURPOSE

The purpose of this grant program is to initiate new faculty research activities that will strengthen faculty credentials and make faculty more competitive for external funding. 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 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.

Proposals are limited to $7500. Exceptional proposals requiring a larger amount of funding may be considered but will require contributions from the PI's department and/or college, institute or center. These contributions may take the form of additional funding or release time.

 

II. PROJECT PERIOD

May 1, 2018 - Apr. 30, 2019


III. ELIGIBILITY

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 academic year of the grant award period or the grant will be forfeited.

Visiting Professors are not eligible.

Previous awardees of In-House grants cannot apply again as PI.


IV. APPLICATION

Each application must contain the following components in this order:

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

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

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

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

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

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

3. 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).


4. Budget: Please complete the Budget Form. All requested funds (e.g., equipment, travel, student support) must be 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.


5. Resume Form: Complete the Resume Form. (Form limited to 2 pages).


6. Potential Funding Sources: Identify up to five specific funding sources in the Pivot Database (or online) that could be targeted for submittal as a result of the VP ACER 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 VP ACER submission. Information on Pivot account setup and funding searches can be found in the Pivot LibGuide.


7. 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.

The applicant must submit a PTF in ARGIS (with all required application documents) for approval. See specific instructions on completing the PTF for VPR AECR.  The completed PTF submission deadline is October 2, 2017.

 

V. REVIEW CRITERIA

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.

 

VII. EVALUATION PROCESS

 

i. College, Center, and Institute Committee Review:


Each College, Center, or Institute participating in this program will establish a review and ranking committee. Each committee will review the proposals using and Evaluation Sheet and select those to be submitted to ORC for final approval.


Instructions for submitting selections from College, Center, or Institute Committee to ORC:


Each College, Center, or Institute Committee must formally notify Dr. Debra Reinhart by email (Debra.Reinhart@ucf.edu) identifying the recommended proposals and providing overall review ranking information.


This email must be submitted to Dr. Debra Reinhart by November 6, 2017.

 

ii. UCF ORC Final Review:


The Vice President for Research and Dean of Graduate Studies and her designees will review recommendations and make the final determination for awards based on the alignment with UCF research goals and College, Center, and Institute recommendations.


VIII. AWARDS


Announcement of Awards:

Awards will be announced when final decisions are made by the Vice President for Research and Dean of Graduate Studies. 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 and Dean of Graduate Studies by the end of the funding period. This report should include an abstract of the completed work for inclusion in a funding brochure. A Final Report Template is available.

Modification Requests:

For any requests for budget transfers or No-Cost Extensions, a Special Request Form must be completed and submitted to Joshua Roney for ORC review/approval.

 

IX. CONTACT INFORMATION


If you have any questions regarding this application, Pivot, funding sources, no-cost extension requests, or other inquiries, please contact: Joshua Roney or Madhavi (Maddy) Chokshi.