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Award Info

Applications Open
November 6, 2023
Applications Close
December 4, 2023
Notification Date
February 28, 2024
Award Contact
  1. Program Overview

    The UCF In-Unit 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.  The Research Incentive award recognizes in-unit employee contributions to UCF’s key goal of achieving international prominence in research and creative activities.

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  2. Funding

    Regardless of the contract length (9 through 12 months), award recipients shall 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. Employees on non-E&G funding will be eligible for the increase depending on the availability of funds.

    There are up to 55 awards available to eligible in-unit employees. Academic Affairs provides funding for these awards. RIA awards shall be allocated to the college in proportion to the total number of in-unit employees (rounded to the nearest integer), with a minimum of one award per college.

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  3. Eligibility

    To be eligible for this award, an employee must meet the following criteria:

    1. Must be classified as in-unit.
    2. Must hold a full-time (1.0 FTE) 9- or 12-month appointment.
    3. Must have four years of continuous, non-OPS service immediately prior to the current year. 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.
    4. No employee may be awarded a RIA more than once every five years.
    5. Tenured and tenure-earning employees must apply for the award in the college where their tenure resides.
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  4. Application Materials

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

    • RIA – Research – Primary Area (text box 3000 characters – approximately 428-750 words or fewer)
      • Describe your primary area of research or creative activity.
    • RIA – Research – Secondary Area (text box 3000 characters – approximately 428-750 words or fewer)
      • If applicable, describe your secondary research areas of interest. If you do not have a secondary area of research, indicate “N/A” in the text box.
    • Achievements and Recognition (text box 3000 characters – approximately 428-750 words or fewer)
      • Describe the research or creative achievements, including dates for these activities, discuss any new discoveries, major contributions to the field, creativeness, originality, significant breakthroughs, etc.


    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.
      • Please do not use Adobe Portfolio. 
    1. 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.
      • Please do not use Adobe Portfolio. 
    1. Examples of Research Products (Required – Maximum of Three Uploads)
      • Candidates must attach, or include, a maximum of three examples of their work, each as a single pdf.  Examples must be from the last four years and provide evidence of quality rather than quantity. Examples include awards, book reviews, etc.
      • Please do not use Adobe Portfolio. 
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  5. Evaluation and Awards Process

    Award winners are selected by committee. Please see the Collective Bargaining Agreement for committee instruction RIA: Article 23 Annual Incentive Award Programs.

    The provost or his or her designee shall give the final approval for awards and shall notify successful faculty. After approval by the provost or designee, each college/unit shall notify all nominees of the results.

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