Research Announcements

UCF College of Health Professions and Sciences

NEW Department of Defense
Young Investigator Award Mentoring Program

DoD agencies (Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Army Research Office, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, and Office of Naval Research) provide funding to eligible outstanding early career faculty members to support their research. Unlike NSF and NIH, DoD award decisions depend considerably on the associated Program Manager (PM). Thus, efforts by early career faculty to capture DoD funding should follow a slightly different path that that for NSF and NIH.  Critically important is that the faculty clearly understand the PM and associated program of interest, engage directly with the PM to pitch their idea, and ensure their proposed work strongly aligns to the PM’s priorities.  We have created a pilot program to foster faculty success in this process.

The OR mentoring program includes the following elements and workshops:

  • Educate and encourage faculty to participate in AFOSR or ONR summer faculty fellowships. These fellowships are a good way to build a relationship with these agencies, PMs, and potential government collaborators.
  • Multiple Workshops such as
    • DoD summer faculty fellowships
    • DoD young faculty awards
    • Partnering with a DoD PM
    • Quad chart and white paper preparation for DoD
  • Encouragement and direct support for early career faculty visit DoD PM (for example participation in DoD grantee meetings).
  • A travel grant program from OR to cover travel expenses up to $1000 for a visit to DoD PM(s). Matching fund from the participant’s unit will be strongly encouraged, but not required.
  • Individual one-on-one meeting with Dr. Mike Macedonia and Dr. Saiful Khondaker to discuss the readiness, ideas and brainstorming of ideas, and direct mentoring during the development of a white paper.
  • Pitch presentation and feedback from a team of relevant DoD PIs from UCF.
  • Proposal review by OR Research Development and mentoring team.

Additionally, faculty who are no-longer eligible for DoD young investigator awards but are interested in writing DoD proposals can also participate in the mentoring program. However, they may not receive the travel support from OR.

Interested faculty should register by completing this form as soon as possible.

Mentoring Programs for
Assistant and Associate Professors

The following changes are being made to the Office of Research’s Mentoring Programs for Assistant and Associate Professors:

  • The program will accept applications twice a year (Spring and Fall) instead of once
  • A progress report is required to be submitted for the mentor to receive mentoring funds (the report should be submitted through the InfoReady portal. A reminder email will be sent before the progress report deadline)
  • Transfer of mentoring funds is not automatic. It is the responsibility of the mentor/mentee to notify the Research Development team when an external proposal is submitted and awarded
  • If the number of applications received in the Spring semester exceeds the maximum number of budgeted awards, the applicant team will be asked to submit in the Fall semester

Details about the program can be found on the InfoReady portal. All proposals for the next application cycle are due on January 31, 2023.

Please note that applications must be submitted through the InfoReady portal. For application guidelines and submission use these links:

New NIH Data Management
and Sharing Policy

NIH is implementing a new Data Management and Sharing (DMS) Policy (NOT-OD-21-013) that affects applications as of January 25, 2023. Under the 2023 NIH DMS Policy, NIH requires all applicants proposing research that generate scientific data to prepare a DMS Plan that describes how the scientific data will be managed and shared.

  • NIH expects researchers to maximize the appropriate sharing of scientific data, considering factors such as legal, ethical, or technical issues that may limit the extent of data sharing and preservation.
  • Under the new Policy’s definition of data sharing, sharing data only among a limited group of collaborators or sharing data only upon request will no longer be acceptable.

Requirements & Expectations:

Grant applications or contracts proposals with receipt dates on or after January 25, 2023 must include DMS Plans that address all six Elements of a Data Management and Sharing Plan (NOT-OD-21-014) if the proposed research will generate scientific data.

  • Timing of data sharing: NIH expects researchers to share scientific data as soon as possible, and no later than the time of an associated publication, or the end of the award/support period, whichever comes first.
  • Use of data repositories: The Policy strongly encourages the use of established data repositories.  The selection of a data repository will help researchers to determine many of the DMS Plan Elements, including metadata and associated documentation, standards, and persistent identifiers to support findability of shared scientific data.
  • Plan Approval and Monitoring: The DMS Plan will be reviewed and approved by NIH prior to funding and the Plan will become a Term and Condition of the award.  Awardees will be required to comply with their approved DMS Plan and any approved updates and to report on progress at regular reporting intervals (e.g., annual Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR)).

Helpful resources that may be useful for you:

Subscribe to the CHPS newsletter

Be the first to hear about new things happening in the college!

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.