- How can I find out what kind of research is being done at UF?
Information on UF research can be found through the Office of Research and Graduate Programs, or read Explore! research magazine. Visit the UF News & Public Affairs website for daily, weekly and archived news releases of UF research and other activities. This site also provides links to the news and public affairs offices in UF’s Health Sciences Center, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, andShands Hospital. The Office of Technology Licensing provides a listing of UF-developed technologies available for licensing.
- Where can a new faculty member find information on the availability of grants and other assistance to help start a resarch program?
First, check with your department or college main office about any internal seed funding for individual faculty needs. Some of the larger UF college have internal competitions for small grants. The Office of Research and Graduate Programs (RGP) offers a limited number of support programs for larger, multidisciplinary programs, conferences and workshops, graduate student travel, etc. See Guidelines. For external grant funding information, the RGP Funding Opportunitieswebpage at offers several keyword-searchable funding databases for use by UF faculty, staff and students. Individual faculty may also subscribe to RGP’s biweekly funding opportunity newsletter by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Faculty may also consult with a Senior Information Specialist in the RGP Program Information Office, 256 Grinter Hall, 392-4804, regarding a personalized funding search.
- How can UF students find projects that are in need of research assistants?
The UF Honors Office maintains a database of all UF research projects that could involve undergraduate students. The purpose of this database is to match undergraduates with researchers in all fields in the university. With the University of Florida’s increasing emphasis on both graduate AND undergraduate research, students will find that more and more professors will need research assistants. If you find a project in the database of interest to you, contact the faculty member directly to ascertain his or her research assistant needs.
Students interested in obtaining a research position should also investigate the University Scholars Program (USP), which provides support for undergraduate students in all disciplines to apply for one on one research positions with distinguished faculty. For temporary, research-related positions, students should contact their college and department and also check the job vacancy postings on the UFPersonnel Services website under “Looking for Employment?”
- What is the total amount of research funding that UF receives from external sources?
In FY 1999-2000, UF received a record $339.4 million in research funding, including $175.1 million in federal grants and contracts, $46.5 million in state and local grants, $60.3 million from private foundations, and $48 million from industry. Detailed annual reports of these statistics are published by the Office of Research and Graduate Programs (RGP). The FY 99-00 RGP Annual Report and copies of previous years’ annual reports can be ordered from the RGP Research Publications Office, POB 115500, University of Florida, Gainesville FL 32611. The Office of Institutional Research also keeps UF statistics and national rankings in a number of areas, including several research-related categories.
- I am a UF student just beginning work on a thesis project. Someone told me that I have to have permission to do research at UF, especially if my research involves either human subjects or animals. Where can I find out what I need to do?
Research involving human subjects and animals is heavily regulated by the Federal Government, and UF has in place procedures and oversight committees to make sure the University is fully compliant with all regulations and that humans and animals used in research are protected. For general research policies, please refer to the “Researcher’s Handbook“.