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Award Info

Applications Open
October 2, 2023
Applications Close
November 13, 2023
Notification Date
Award Contact
Dean's Office
  1. Program Overview

    The University Research Council and the Office of the Vice President for Research are proud to offer the In-Unit Excellence in Research Awards. Each college may select one research award recipient.

    One Excellence in Research award is available to the combined research faculty in those institutes and centers not directly associated with an academic college.

    Each college recipient selected will be considered for one additional University Excellence in Research Award.

    Please contact your college for earlier deadlines.

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  2. Funding

    Each of the college-level award recipients shall receive a one-time payment of $2,000. The individual selected to receive the university-level award shall receive an additional one-time payment of $2,000. Award amounts are treated as income and are subject to normal withholding tax.

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  3. Eligibility

    Each candidate:

    • Must be a full-time employee with at least three years of continuous non-visiting, non-OPS service at UCF immediately prior to the current year.
    • Must have an assignment of at least 0.10 FTE in research over each of the three immediately preceding years and the current year at UCF.
    • Must not have received a college or university Excellence in Research award in the past three years.
      • In considering previous winners of the Excellence in Research Award, only materials developed since the last award will be considered in the evaluation for the current year’s award.
    • Members of the University Research Council who are involved in the selection process are not eligible to apply for the university award, but may be selected for the college award.


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  4. Criteria

    The criteria for evaluating applicants’ files shall include three major categories:

    1. Cumulative value and impact of research efforts at UCF within the discipline and to society;
    2. Recognition of research impact by the individual’s peers in the same or in related disciplines;
    3. Publication/dissemination and presentation of research results.
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  5. Application Materials

    Applications are submitted through Interfolio. Please contact your dean’s office for more information.

    Application Materials:

    1. Primary Area of Research (one page max., 12-pt. standard margins – previous three years) Provide an overview of your primary area of research.

    2. Value and Impact of Research Efforts at UCF (one page max, 12-pt. standard margins – previous three years). Provide a concise description of the value and impact of your research efforts at while at UCF within the discipline and to society, discussing, for example, new discoveries, major contributions, creativeness, originality, significant breakthroughs, etc. with a focus on the previous three years.

    3. Research/Creative Activity Outlets (half page max., 12-pt. standard margins – previous three years) Briefly describe how the research dissemination exceeds the norm in one’s field.

    4. Research/Creative Recognition (half page max., 12-pt. standard margins – previous three years) Briefly list major awards or other evidence of recognition, including major research funding.

    5. Curriculum Vitae

    6. Supporting Materials (max. three examples- previous three years) May provide examples of work. The examples should be selected to provide evidence of quality as opposed to quantity.

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  6. Evaluation and Award Process

    *** Award applications are summited through Interfolio. For more information, please contact your dean’s office. 

    College Evaluation and Award Process

    The dean of each college will charge a faculty committee to evaluate all applications and make selections for the College Excellence in Research Award. College recipients automatically compete for the University Excellence in Research Award.

    University Evaluation and Award Process

    The University Research Council selects the University Excellence in Research recipient.

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