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.

Proposal budgets 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 .



May 1, 2019 - Apr. 30, 2020


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.

Equivalent UCF faculty members at Centers and Institutes are eligible.

Senior UCF faculty members are eligible to collaborate with junior faculty but cannot act as the Principal Investigator (PI).

Previous awardees of VPR AECR (or In-House) grants cannot apply again as PI.

Visiting Professors are not eligible.

Each faculty member may submit or be included in only one proposal.

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.


VPR AECR proposals should be submitted in ARGIS (complete PTF with all required application documents) by 5:00 pm on October 22, 2018. See specific PTF instructions for VPR AECR applications. Applications that do not follow the PTF instructions for VPR AECR applications will not be reviewed.

Each application should include six attachments: (1) Cover Sheet; (2) Project Description; (3) References Cited; (4) Budget Form; (5) Resume Form; (6) Potential Funding Sources.

1. Cover Sheet: Complete the 1 page Cover Sheet.

2. Project Description: The Project Description may not exceed 6 single-spaced pages (11 pt., Times New Roman or Arial, and 1" margins) and must contain the following sections:

Background Statement: Include a brief statement on related prior work and clearly delineate research focus and needs.

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

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.

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 Project Description. (No page limit).

4. Budget Form: Complete the Budget Form. All requested funds (e.g., materials, equipment, travel, student support) must be integral to the research and not available within the department, college, institute, or center. Justification 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. A Resume Form should be included for the PI, and an additional copy of the form should be included for any Co-PIs (if applicable).

6. Potential Funding Sources: Identify at least five specific funding sources that could be targeted for submittal as a result of the VPR AECR award. Opportunities can be found by using the Pivot Database  or another online method. Click here for instructions on how to export selected funding opportunities from Pivot. General information on Pivot account setup and funding searches can be found at the Pivot webpage.

The submission deadline for the completed PTF (with all required application documents) is October 22, 2018.



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.

•Achievability of the Plan of work.

•Potential benefit to the University.

•Feasibility of future funding appropriate to discipline.


A VPR AECR proposal Evaluation Sheet is available to support Reviewer evaluations of submissions according to the Review Criteria above.




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 the Evaluation Sheet and select those to be submitted to the Office of Research for final approval.

Instructions for College, Center, or Institute Committee to send recommendations to the Office of Research: Each College, Center, or Institute Committee must formally notify Dr. Debra Reinhart by email (Debra.Reinhart@ucf.edu) identifying the recommended  proposals and providing review ranking information. This email must be submitted to Dr. Debra Reinhart by December 3, 2018.

ii. UCF Office of Research 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.


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 such as budget transfers or No-Cost Extensions, a Special Request Form must be completed and submitted to Joshua Roney for Office of Research review/approval.



If you have any questions regarding this program, finding funding sources, Pivot, or modification extension requests, please contact Joshua Roney.