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Funder Tool Kits: New and Early Career Faculty


This Funder Tool Kit specifically highlights opportunities for New and Early Career Faculty. It includes priorities, funding opportunities, proposal guidance, and additional resources. The Funder Tool Kits are a collaborative effort between the UCF Libraries and ORC Research Development Team.


Funding Opportunities

NIH Early Career Reviewer (ECR) Program - From the NIH Center for Scientific Review (CSR). The goals of the ECR Program are to: (1) Train and educate qualified scientists without prior CSR review experience so that they may develop into critical and well trained reviewers. (2) Help emerging researchers advance their careers by exposing them to a peer review experience that may make them more competitive as applicants. (3) Enrich the existing pool of NIH reviewers by including scientists from less research-intensive institutions as well as those from traditionally research-intensive institutions.

Finding Research Funding: An Overview - From the 2016 New Faculty Guide to Competing for Research Funding (NFGCRF).

Pivot database (saved New Faculty search) - Find, track, and share current/anticipated funding opportunities for New Faculty in all disciplines.

VPR Advancement of Early Career Researchers (AECR) - The purpose of this UCF grant program is to initiate new faculty research activities that will strengthen faculty credentials and make faculty more competitive for external funding.

Recognition of Early Career Grant Recipients - Externally funded Early Career Development grant recipients at UCF may apply for $10,000 in support of a doctoral graduate student as recognition of their prestigious award. 

UC Berkeley List of New Faculty Funding Opportunities - List of programs intended for late postdoctoral investigators and new faculty, usually those at or below the rank of Assistant Professor.

UC San Diego List of New Faculty Funding Opportunities - List of available funding opportunities for Young Investigators by foundations and federal sponsors.

ASU List of Early Career Grant Funding Opportunities - List of programs for early career researchers. 

Outreach and Next Steps

New Faculty Workshop Series - ORC Research Development's Outreach Services page for New Faculty

Meet with ORC Research Development Team - Outreach Services, Proposal Support, Funding Opportunities


New and Early Career Faculty POC at UCF

These points of contact are very familiar with New and Early Career Faculty opportunities and can share advice to help you secure research funding.

Pallavoor (Vaidy) Vaidyanathan
​Assistant VP for Research
(407) 823-0455

Marisol Ortega-Pérez
Assistant Director, Research Outreach Services
(407) 882-0185

Debra Reinhart, PhD, PE, BCEE

Associate VP for Research and Scholarship
Director of Research Development 
(407) 823-2315

Additionally, information on ORC points of contact related to contracts, proposal submission, compliance, tech transfer, IRB, and IACUC  is available at 

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    General Proposal Support from Research Development Team

    Now that you have found the perfect funding opportunity, let us help you build the perfect proposal. The ORC Research Development team can help with planning, preparation assistance, draft review feedback, informational resources, and more! Visit our website for next steps information.

    Large Proposal Support from Research Development Team

    A unique approach to supporting large, complex proposal submissions.

    Find Potential Collaborators

    Find potential collaborators via the PIVOT Database - Run a search or View tutorials

    Find scholarship resulting from grant awards with the Web of Science View tutorial or Search now

    Search federal grant awardees via the USA Spending Database UCF-awardees  or Search all awards

    The ORC Research Development Team would be happy to help search for potential collaborators at UCF.  Visit our website for more information.