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Funder Tool Kits: DoD


This Funder Tool Kit specifically highlights the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). It includes news, priorities, funding opportunities, and award history, as well as proposal guidance and resources. The Funder Tool Kits are a collaborative effort between the UCF Libraries and ORC Research Development Team.


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News, Opportunities, and Awards

DoD News and News Archive - from

DoD Special Reports

DoD Live Blog - from the Department of Defense Social Media team

DoD Social Media Education and Training - from DoD CIO

DoD Resources - helpful links, publications, policies and forms; business; service members; civilian personnel; community; veterans; and more.

DoD Budget Requests - from

DoD Photos and Videos - from

DoD Live Events

Pivot database (DoD saved search) - Find, track and share current/anticipated DoD opportunities

Guide to DoD Research Funding FY 2018 - insights into various opportunities for University basic research and some applied research efforts, with special attention to changes anticipated in FY 2018

Agency (DoD) Program Charts - Selected Applied Research and Exploratory Development Funding Supplementary Information (Aug 2017)

Synopsis of Current Program Funding Opportunities from DoD Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP)

Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) - Funding program synopses and current opportunities (including BAAs, educational programs, Young Investigator program, university research initiative programs, and more)

DoD Research and Technology Funding Opportunities (DoD search) - Browse current/forecasted DoD funding opportunities

  • DoD solicitations are typically posted on If pursuing a DoD funding opportunity, it is wise to subscribe to receive email updates for that opportunity, as it is not unusual for one or more amendments to be posted between the original release date and the due date.

Finding Past Contract Awards - The DoD maintains a searchable database of past contracts. Contracts valued at $7 million or more are announced each business day at 5 p.m. Go to DoD News for more information and for links to other news items.

DoD Grant Awards - Searchable database of DoD Grant Awards (2005-present)

CDMRP Awards - searchable for awards specifici to DoD CDMRP

Sample DoD SBIR/STTR opportunities - from DoD

The Research Development team maintains a library of internal/external submitted proposals and can assist with securing a sample and submitting FOIA requests. Contact Madhavi (Maddy) Chokshi for more information.

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DoD Proposal Guidance

DoD 101 - Overview of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)

U.S. Department of Defense Agency Strategic Plan: 2015-2018

University guide to working with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)

Heilmeier Questions - Specific questions to answer in ANY research grant proposal. From DARPA.

DoD Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) - 2017 Application instructions and tips.

CDMRP: How to apply and tips for submission success

Grant applications must be downloaded and submitted through This website will provide prospective grant applicants with information and all required documents for the Department of Defense application process.

DoD Digital Data Management Plan - Here, data management involves all stages of the digital data life cycle including capture, analysis, sharing, and preservation.

Suggested Elements for a Data Management Plan

The Research Development Team can provide support with proposal coordination, templates, samples, supplemental documents, peer/editorial reviews, and more. Contact Joshua Roney for more information.

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DoD Point of Contact at UCF

Michael Macedonia, PhD
Assistant VP for Research
Office of Research & Commercialization
University of Central Florida
(407) 882-1331

REACT support from ORC Research Development Team

A unique approach to supporting large, complex proposal submissions.

R:  The Research Development team promises to rapidly Respond to investigator needs by immediately making ourselves available and beginning the research support process.

E:  The Research Development team can Evaluate needs and available assets based on agency/RFP guidelines, existing infrastructure, collaboration requirements, and special requests (such as samples from the proposal library or FOIA requests and templates created for the specific announcement/agency).

A:  The Research Development team can Assist with proposal components and coordinate efforts with the C&G team and College/Institute Administrators. Research Development can help prepare non-technical components of the proposal such as Facilities Equipment & Other Resources, Current & Pending Support, Letters of Collaboration, Biographical Sketches, Collaborators & Other Affiliations, research timeline tables, and perform searches for UCF facts and demographics/enrollment data.  We can point to on-line materials that support the proposal preparation.

C:  The Research Development team can Coordinate the proposal progress through meeting/communication assistance, identification and connection with collaborators/partners, document management, review coordination (editorial review, technical peer review), proposal progress scheduling, and follow-ups with collaborators.

T:  The Research Development team can Track proposals through the stages of revision and finalization, and can provide post-submission evaluation.