About Our Services

The Office of Educational Research (OER) supports and develops research, training, and service activities for faculty and doctoral students as follows:

1.    Identify and disseminate potential funding sources.

  • Search for and disseminate relevant funding opportunities through OER’S weekly Funding and Award Opportunities
  • Send targeted emails to faculty with select funding opportunities aligning with their research goals.
  • Serve as liaison with external funding agencies.
  • Serve as liaison with the COE Office of Development and Alumni Affairs, UF Foundation, and UF Office of Research.
  • Facilitate internal review for applicable limited funding opportunities.
  • Assist faculty to acquire seed funds for external funding such as College Research Incentive Fund (CRIF) and Research Opportunity Fund (ROF).

2.    Build collaborative research teams.

  • Assist in development of cross-departmental and cross-university collaborative teams.
  • Establish strategic partnerships.
  • Maintain web-based COE research profiles.

3.    Support development of proposals from start to finish.

  • Provide support for faculty to seek professional (grant-writing) consultants.
  • When possible, provide samples of successful proposals.
  • Provide consultation to help guide principal investigators (PIs) through the proposal submission process.
  • Review requests for proposals (RFPs) to assist with funding agency requirements.
  • Present suggestions for project design.
  • Develop budgets.
  • Coordinate sub-contract processes.
  • Assess cost-sharing requests.
  • Provide feedback on proposal drafts when sufficient time is allotted by PI.
  • Prepare supplemental materials and boilerplate text.
  • Provide editing, proofreading, and formatting services.

4.    Facilitate submission processes for proposals.

  • Perform UFIRST uploads.
  • Assure funding agency forms are completed accurately.
  • Serve as liaison with various university offices (e.g., Division of Sponsored Programs, Contracts and Grants, Graduate School, Institutional Review Board, Provost’s Office).

5.    Provide faculty professional development opportunities.

  • Provide training and resources in areas such as research design, quantitative and qualitative analyses, and project management.
  • Provide support for faculty to participate in external PD opportunities.
  • Assist faculty in meeting with funding agencies.
  • Arrange for mentors to support grant-writing efforts.
  • Meet with new faculty to support their efforts to pursue funding.

6.    Manage the faculty award process.

  • Disseminate relevant award opportunities through the weekly Funding and Award Opportunities
  • Provide support for faculty to complete award applications.
  • Showcase faculty productivity such as UF Research Foundation (UFRF).
  • Work collaboratively with Faculty Policy Council (FPC) committees to facilitate award review processes.
  • Provide support for faculty to complete award applications.

7.    Promote research communications.

  • Produce monthly Research Bulletin newsletter, including a list of submitted and funded projects, research events, and news of interest.
  • Compile OER Annual Report, outlining data on externally funded projects and grant activities in the COE.
  • Produce weekly Funding and Award Opportunities newsletter, summarizing relevant funding and award opportunities.
  • Sponsor Brown Bag Series research events.
  • Plan speaker series involving COE’s endowed professors.