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Letter from the Interim Vice President for Research and Innovation

I’m pleased to present the University of Central Florida Office of Research Annual Report for 2023. Inside we showcase some of UCF’s successes in research and innovation, alongside compelling highlights from our colleges, faculty research clusters, and various centers and institutes.

Fiscal Year 2023 was another milestone for UCF Research, with sponsored funding reaching $217.1 million, marking eight consecutive years of growth. Moreover, the issuance of 56 U.S. patents in FY23 helped solidify UCF’s rank as a top, patent-producing public university.

This year’s report also offers insights into the Office of Research’s units, integral in supporting UCF’s research enterprise and driving our ongoing success and continued growth in research and innovation.

As we conclude 2023, we are preparing for many new initiatives to drive further growth in 2024, as outlined in our newly developed UCF Research Enterprise Plan. UCF’s faculty, staff, and students continue to exhibit new levels of excellence in research and innovation, and I look forward to the many accomplishments to come in 2024.


Best wishes,



Dr. Winston V. Schoenfeld

Interim Vice President for Research and Innovation

Research by the Numbers

UCF has seen another record year in research funding with more than $217 million in total sponsored awards for Fiscal Year 2023.

This is up $2 million from FY2022 and signifies a continued upward trajectory over the last eight years. Research expenditures for FY2022 were more than $221 million.

These totals are a testament to the hard work of our talented faculty and students who are the forefront of innovation and our dedicated staff who work tirelessly to support our research enterprise


Proposals Funded


Proposals Submitted


Contracts Approved


Contracts Received


Tech Transfer Patents

56 U.S Patents Issued within 2023 Fiscal Year

UCF’s Office of Technology Transfer brings the innovations of our researchers to the marketplace, placing UCF as one of the top-ranked, patent-producing public universities in the world.


Research funding was spread out among colleges and units, with the College of Sciences and the College of Engineering and Computer Science receiving the most in FY2023.


Award Amount

UCF Libraries


Office of the CFO


Burnett Honors College


College of Undergraduate Studies


Limbitless Solutions, Inc.




UCF Global


College of Business Administration


Rosen College of Hospitality Management


Public Safety


College of Graduate Studies


College of Arts and Humanities




Student Success and Well-being


College of Nursing


College of Health Professions and Sciences




College of Community Innovation and Education


College of Optics and Photonics (CREOL)


School of Modeling, Simulation and Training


College of Medicine


Office of Research


College of Engineering and Computer Science


College of Sciences


UCF Student Union


UCF investigators receiving the most new funding included those from Physics and Education, highlighting the range of research at the university spanning from space to our local communities.

Julie Brisset – $ 10.35 MILLION

Interim director of the Florida Space Institute


Associate Professor, Physics


Director, Center for Community Schools


Associate Professor, Physics

Cause for Celebration

The Luminary Awards

Established in 2017 these awards are designed to recognize some of UCF’s brightest stars who shine a positive light on the university and in their respective fields, as well as illuminate a path of discovery for those who will come after them. This year, fifteen faculty members were celebrated for their leadership and the impact they are having around the world.

Luminary Award logo
Kyle Simpson

Barbara “Basia” Andraka-Christou

College of Community Innovation and Education

Kyle Simpson

Desiree Diaz

College of Nursing


Aristide Dogariu

College of Optics and Photonics

Irene Pons

Irene Pons

College of Community Innovation and Education

Kerri Donaldson Hanna

Kerri Donaldson Hanna

College of Sciences

Tommy James

Tommy James

College of Arts and Humanities

Mart Little

Marry Little

College of Community Innovation and Education

UCF Celebrates the Arts

Tim Brown is an assistant professor of scenery and projection design; Rob Siler is an assistant professor of lighting and projection design; Rudy McDaniel is the director of UCF’s School of Visual Arts and Design; Vandy Wood is an associate professor of scenic and lighting design; Jeffrey Moore is the dean of UCF’s College of Arts and Humanities; Paul Lartonoix is an assistant dean in UCF’s College of Arts and Humanities; Claudia Lynch is an associate professor and the coordinator of the BFA in Stage Management; and Bert Scott is director of production for Theatre UCF and a professor of theatre.

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CAH Group Photo

Key Funding Sources

Top federal funders for UCF research in FY2023 were the U.S. Department of Defense(DOD), the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Types of Funding

Out of the research funding UCF received in FY2023, the majority was from federal sources, followed by industry and other, and then from state
and local.