2019 COACHE Faculty Development Mini-Grant Program

Submission Deadline: October 31, 2019

 Program Description

The COACHE Faculty Development Mini-Grant Program supports the creation and implementation of faculty focused department level initiatives that address the results of the COACHE survey completed by UCF faculty members in 2018. These grants are designed to support the recommendations provided by faculty members on the COACHE priority-setting and strategy-setting committees in spring 2019. For more information on the COACHE survey and related activities at UCF, see https://facultyexcellence.ucf.edu/coache/.

Project Priorities

UCF full-time faculty are encouraged to submit mini-grant applications that address one of the following faculty focused challenges at the department level:

  • Cultures of communication, collaboration, and issue resolution
  • Mentoring programs
  • Recognition of faculty accomplishments
  • Team-building
  • Information dissemination
  • Developing community
  • Work/life integration
  • Other department-enhancing ideas

Grant Funding

Successful grant applicants (individuals only) will receive up to $2,500 in professional development funds that can be used for the following purposes: course buy-outs, project-related travel funding, student worker support, project-relevant supplies and external speaker honoraria.

Grants cannot be used to fund pre-existing programs and/or regular departmental activities, food and beverage, or salary.

Project Proposal Evaluation Criteria

Quality of the Project

  • Proposal responds to a compelling department need that is not currently addressed by a department, school/college, or program.
  • Proposal outcomes are sustainable and clearly stated.
  • Clear alignment between intended outcomes and activities that address one or more of the “Project Priorities” above.


  • Proposal activities are well-planned and can realistically be accomplished in the grant period.
  • Budget is reasonable in view of the proposal design.


  • Proposal describes how the project will affect the relevant department.
  • Proposal describes how the project promotes inclusion and diversity.
  • Proposal describes how departmental faculty will draw sustained professional benefits from the project.

Funded Projects Schedule

  • Fall Semester 2019: Grantees will conceptualize their projects and coordinate their plans with departmental faculty and leadership.
  • Spring Semester 2020:  Grantees will implement their plans and assess the project’s effectiveness and sustainability.
  • August 8, 2020:  Grantees will submit a brief report on their project’s development, implementation and results to UCF Faculty Excellence.

Submitting Your Proposal Application

Grant proposals should be submitted by October 31, 2019, via the following Qualtrics link.

Applicants will be notified of grant decisions by November 8, 2019.

All proposals should include the following:

  1. Faculty name and rank
  2. Department name
  3. Project title
  4. Project overview (500 words maximum): Must include the priority addressed, the method(s) of addressing priority, the goals of the project, and how the project will be assessed.
  5. Project budget
  6. Project timeline
  7. A memo or letter endorsing your proposal by unit supervisor (department chair, school director, etc.) Please upload through Qualtrics application.