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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 OR Research Development Team.



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FIND INFORMATION: News, Funding Opportunities, and Past Awards

DoD News and News Archive - from

DoD Special Reports

DoD 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 2021 - Insights into various opportunities for University basic research and some applied research efforts, with special attention to changes in FY 2021

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 SBIR/STTR 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.

DoD Grant Awards - searchable database of DoD Grant Awards 

CDMRP Awards - searchable for awards specific to DoD CDMRP

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.

FOIA Request Information (DoD)

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

PLAN YOUR PROPOSAL: Guidance and Resources

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

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

U.S. Department of Defense Agency Strategic Plan: 2018 - 2022

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

DoD Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) - 2021 Application instructions and tips.

UCF Office of Research Budget Guidance 

Cost Analysis in Practice (CAP) Project Provides Guidance and Assistance Institute of Education Sciences (IES) blog with a summary of resources related to conducting a cost analysis, including designing a cost analysis plan for proposals.

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.

The OR Research Development Team can provide support with proposal coordination, templates, samples, supplemental documents, reviews, and more. Visit our website for more information.

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

UCF Library Support - The UCF library maintains a Data Management Research Guide. You can schedule a consultation to meet with a librarian for an in-depth one on one consultation specific to your research topic.

  • Crafting the Data Management Plan - led by Lee Dotson
  • DMP Tool - Create, review, and share DMPs that meet institutional and funder requirements. The DMP Tool Blog and Webinar Series provide helpful guidance.
  • STARS - UCF researchers are eligible to submit materials to STARS, a university-wide digital repository hosted on the Digital Commons platform (a comprehensive hosted solution for storing, managing, and sharing data). Click here to visit the researcher portion of the FAQs for STARS.
  • - The Registry of Research Data Repositories is a tool for helping identify and locate online repositories of research data. 


DoD Point of Contact at UCF

This point of contact is very familiar with DoD  priorities/processes and can give helpful advice to increase the competitiveness of your proposal.

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

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

Support from UCF Librarians

Citation Management

Data Management Plans

Publishing & Author Rights

STARS - Data Hosting

Support across the Research Lifecycle

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.

EARLIER - Support for Large, Complex Proposals with Significant Impact

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 by DoD Awardees with the Web of Science 
View tutorial or Search now

See awardees using the DoD Award Database Grants or Contracts

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