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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 OR Research Development Team.


Funding Opportunities

UCF Programs:

  • 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.
  • ORC Research Mentoring Program - This program is intended to pair UCF senior researchers and junior researchers in a mentoring relationship that will increase the probability of success for research funding for junior researchers.
  • 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. 
  • Visit the Office of Research - Internal Programs website for information on additional opportunities open to UCF faculty. 

External Programs/Resources:

Outreach and Next Steps

New Faculty Workshop Series - Research Development coordinates a series of workshops on each of the Office of Research units that support them with their research, including how to navigate the research process from finding funding to protecting intellectual property.

Meet with 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 

Support from UCF Librarians

Get Help With:

  • Citation Management
  • Data Management Plans
  • Publishing & Author Rights
  • STARS - Data Hosting
  • Literature Review (select by subject from the list below):

    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 OR 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.