Training grants are important mechanisms to support graduate students. They are peer-reviewed and thus provide important external validation of the quality of the proposed program and faculty mentors. They are also valuable recruiting tools as they are a source of multi-year awards, and students who are appointed on a training grant can use this prestigious award as an entry on their CVs. Federal agencies view an institutional commitment to these grants as an important signal that the university values the activity.
In order to help our efforts to secure more training grants for graduate education, the Office of Research will provide an institutional match (usually in the form of tuition payments) and a letter of support for all NEW training grants that are submitted to external agencies. A request that includes as much information as possible about the grant to be submitted should be sent to the Office of the Vice President/Dean in advance of the deadline. Matches from colleges will be considered in determining the level of support from the Office of Research.
Funds are available for: (1) Matching contributions required on large instrumentation and facilities grants and (2) other matching required by the sponsor in their policy. Requests must be made through the department chairs and the college deans. The college and/or department forwarding such requests are expected to cost share with the Office of Research in the funding.
Matching support generally up to a maximum of $3,000 is available to assist with the organizational expenses of national meetings sponsored by the University of Florida. In order to qualify for support, the meeting must be widely publicized and open to faculty, students and other UF personnel who would like to attend one or more sessions. Click here to access the guidelines and forms. Requests may be submitted at any time.