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Award Info

Applications Open
November 15, 2021
Applications Close
December 9, 2021
Notification Date
March 3, 2022
Award Contact
facultyexcellence@ucf.edu
  1. Program Overview

    The UCF Research Incentive Award (RIA) program recognizes outstanding research, scholarly, or creative activity that advances the body of knowledge in a particular field, including interdisciplinary research and collaborations.

    There will be two RIA — COM Awards.

    The Office of Academic Affairs provides the funding for these awards.

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  2. Funding

    Regardless of the contract length (9-months or 12-months), award recipients will receive a one-time award of $5,000 as soon as practicable and a $5,000 increase to their base salary effective at the beginning of the succeeding academic year.

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  3. Eligibility

    • Nominees from the college must be full-time faculty holding tenured, tenure-earning, or multiyear appointments with five years continuous service to be considered “eligible” to apply for the award.
      • Authorized leaves are not considered a break in service (e.g., sabbaticals, professional development leave, parental leave). Visiting and other temporary appointments are not eligible for incentive awards.
    • No faculty member may be awarded a RIA — COM more than once every five years.
    • Faculty on visiting (or similar temporary) appointments and faculty on less than full-time appointments are not eligible for these awards.
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  4. Application Materials

    Applications are submitted through the UCF Awards System. Gathering the following materials prior to the submission date will ease the application process:

    • RIA – Research – Primary Area (Text Box – 100 words or less)
      • Describe your primary area of research or creative activity.
    • RIA – Research – Secondary Area (Text Box – 100 words or less)
      • If applicable, describe your secondary research areas of interest. If you do not have a secondary area of research, please indicate “N/A.”
    • Achievements and Recognition (Text Box – 500 words or less)
      • Describe the research or creative achievements, including dates for these activities, discuss such things as any new discoveries, major contributions to the field, creativeness, originality, significant breakthroughs, etc.

    Items 1-4 must be uploaded as PDF files (no portfolios please):

    1. Current Curriculum Vitae (Required)
    2. Annual Assignments (Required)
      • Upload a single PDF that includes a one-page summary table that lists annual assignments by year for all categories for which you had assigned duties (e.g., teaching, research, service) and then the last four years of your annual assignments, in descending order.
    3. Annual Evaluations (Required)
      • Upload a single PDF that includes a table that provides, by year, each category evaluation assessment (e.g., outstanding, above satisfactory, etc.) and then the last four years of your annual evaluations, in descending order.

    Supporting Materials/Research Products (Required)

    College of Medicine candidates are required to attach the following publication information. This information must be pulled up using Web of Science. For instructions on how to use Web of Science to find the H-index, citation index, and impact factor view this instructional video.

    Publication Information to include:

    • H-index and citation index for each paper published during the 5 year review period
    • Impact factor and journal rank in the field for each paper published during the 5 year review period
    • Number of publications in the last 5 years, as senior author, first author, and co-author respectively.

    In this section, applicants have the option of including external award funding information that is not captured in the OR report. If applicants would like to include this information, they are encouraged to use the chart template below and provide evidence of the award funding.

    External Award Funding Chart (Optional)

    In this optional section, applicants can provide a record of external award funding that is not captured by the OR office. The awards must fall within the award timeframe. Applicants must provide evidence of all awards listed in the chart below. To submit this portion, save the completed chart and evidence in one PDF document titled “External Award Funding”, then upload the PDF under the item “Supporting Materials”.

    Award Name Dollar Amount Percent Credit Timespan

    Administration will include the following documents with the candidate’s application for the 5-year review period:

    • FTE assignments for research and teaching
    • Dollar value of grants funded that go through the OR office
    • 5-year review period is Fall to Summer
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  5. Evaluation and Award Process

    College committees for the RIA award program shall be elected by and from the full-time faculty. The committee will consist of four members across departments, in addition to one nominated by the Dean. Previous RIA award winners will be encouraged to serve on the review committee. Employees who plan to apply for a particular award in the current or immediately following cycle shall not be eligible to serve on the committee. A committee chairperson shall be elected by and from the college committee. The chairperson shall charge the committee that members shall only consider the merits of the application. No additional outside information or discussion of position, e.g., instructor vs. tenure track faculty, past awards, current salary, etc., may be considered.

    The committee shall convene and review the award applications then shall submit a ranked list of recommended applicants to the dean or dean’s representative. In ranking the applicants, committee members shall only consider the merits of the application. Applications that are not deemed acceptable for an award shall be left unranked. For completed applications, departures from the application specifications may impact but shall not disqualify an application.

    The committee chair will transmit this ranked list to the dean or dean’s representative. If the selection committee awards fewer than the number of awards available or if the dean does not approve an award from the list submitted by the selection committee, then the award(s) shall be retained in the same college for one additional cycle before it is returned to the overall pool for apportionment.

    The president, on recommendation from the provost, will give the final approval for award recipients. After the approval by the president, each college will notify all nominees of the results, including an explanation of the unit’s reasons for its recommendations.

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  6. Manuals

    Applicant Training Manual

    Do you need help navigating the electronic awards system?

    Check out the Applicant Navigation Manual here.

    Committee Training Manual

    Committee members have a different view than applicants. If you need help navigating the electronic award system in this role, please view the navigation manual here.

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