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USF Office of the Provost -- CREATE Award (Collaborative Research Excellence & Translational Efforts)

* See complete details on the Provost Resource & Special Projects Website.


Global challenges represent extraordinarily complex problems that require multidisciplinary experts to provide dynamic and highly innovative solutions on moderate time horizons. USF has the broad intellectual capital necessary to develop innovative, feasible solutions. Translational success in bringing solutions to scale can be achieved by integrating vastly different areas of research and scholarship expertise across the entire university. These collaborative efforts can further extend partnerships to accelerate innovative solutions. CREATE seed funding aims to mobilize multidisciplinary teams for large, collaborative efforts targeting transformative research that will lead to societal impact.


  • Encourage and facilitate a multidisciplinary and collaborative research culture at the university.
  • Increase interaction among colleges by having investigators from at least three USF colleges in each proposal team.
  • Support researchers to lead bold, long-term, large-scale research initiatives that can leverage the seed funds to establish financially sustainable research centers, institutes, and initiatives.

The CREATE research plan should broadly align with broad focus areas to address critical global challenges. The projects should demonstrate a long-term commitment to financial sustainability and growth with highly impactful research and scholarship.


Principal Investigators (PI and co-PIs) must align with USF PI Eligibility criteria. For instance, only tenure and tenure-track faculty can lead as PIs. A PI can only submit one preproposal, although it can participate as CoPI in other initiatives.

Max 2 pages, 1 page per sheet, single-spaced, 12-point Font size (in either Arial or Times fonts), using a 1-inch margin layout.

Project title. Project Team: names, department, and college affiliation.

Synopsis of the work in sufficient detail within the two-page limit.

Full proposal details and formal budget information will be provided later.

Anticipated CREATE awards up to $1 million over three years.

Annual reviews will be conducted, and the continuation of the project will be subject to satisfactory progress. Budgets should reasonably reflect the scope of the work. Funds should be used primarily for supporting graduate students and other expenses related to the pursuance of research. Limited funding can be used for faculty salaries and staff support.

Applications will be submitted through InfoReady:


Thursday, November 16, 2023 @ 12:00 PM
Pre-proposal Q&A event via Teams*
Join the meeting
*This session will be recorded for those who cannot attend

Friday, November 17, 2023 @ 10:00 AM
USF Health Downtown
560 Channelside Drive, Tampa
Room MDD 603 (6th Floor)

Due Date Action
December 4, 2023 Pre-proposal submission (required)
January 2, 2024 Invitation for Full Proposal
March 30, 2024 Invited Proposal Due
June 1, 2024 Award Notifications
July 1, 2024 Project Start Date

College of Arts & Sciences (CAS)

CAS-ORS Spring 2024 Conference Presenter Support Program 

Note: The deadline for the Fall 2023 Conference Presenter Support Program has passed. Check back for information on the forthcoming CAS-ORS Spring 2024 Conference Presenter Support Program

Overview: The CAS-ORS Spring 2024 Conference Presenter Support Program will fund CAS faculty who are presenting research or research-related scholarly activities at an academic conference (either in person or by virtual delivery). Eligible faculty may request up to $750 toward in-person travel or $200 for virtual registration. 

Eligibility, Application details & Submission information will follow

More more information, contact Dr. Carissa Vetromile, Assistant Dean for Research, at  

CAS research support requests

CAS may provide support special requests (i.e., small equipment acquisition, maintenance, repair or enhancement; and other special needs). Requests should be submitted to CAS-ORS and will be reviewed upon receipt.

Office of Research & Innovation (ORI) Internal Awards 

ORI announces its internal award schedule early in the Spring & Fall semesters. Previous ORI Internal Awards have included:

  • Conference Support Grant (CONF)
  • Creative Scholarship Grant (CSG)
  • Proposal Enhancement Grants (PEG)
  • Faculty International Travel Grant (FITG)
  • New Researchers Grant (NRG)
  • ResearchOne event funding 

Visit the ORI site for further details as well as other internal awards offered throughout the university.

Other Internal Awards

Creating Research Experiences and Activities through Teaching Enhancements (CREATTE) - This program provides funding for the development of undergraduate research or creative activities within lower or upper-level undergraduate courses. Laboratory courses and capstone courses are not supported by the CREATTE initiative because they already incorporate research/projects and inquiry-based curriculum.

Corridor Matching Research Grants - The Florida High Tech Corridor Council is a regional economic development initiative with the mission to grow high tech industry and innovation through partnerships that support research, marketing, workforce, and entrepreneurship. The high technology focus areas of this initiative are based on key strengths of universities and include Agricultural Technology, Digital Media & Interactive Entertainment, Information Technology, Microelectronics & Nanotechnology, Optics & Photonics, Aviation & Aerospace, Financial Services, Life Sciences & Medical Technologies, Modeling, Simulation & Training, and Sustainable Energy. Funding will require a 2:1 cost match investment (soft/in-kind). Check with the Matching Grants Program Director for availability. 

Summer AIR Colloquium - Through the generosity of the Florida High Tech Corridor and USF Research & Innovation, the HIPUR office is pleased to announce the Summer AIR Colloquium. AIR stands for Arts and Interdisciplinary Research. The Summer AIR Colloquium will provide a unique opportunity for students to create and present their artistic and interdisciplinary research at the Colloquium that will be held July 28, 2023. Funds, which are available in variable amounts of $50 - $500, may be used to offset the cost of printing a 4' x 3' poster, to travel to research sites, or purchasing materials for their research. See details for application instructions and submission timelines

Research in Arts Scholarship - This scholarship provides funding to foster student passion for inquiry and discovery. Two essential elements comprise the RIAS Scholarship: financial support, and comprehensive training in research skills and professional development. Under the direction of faculty mentors and the Office of Undergraduate Research Program Directors, RIAS Scholars who participate in the USF School of Art and Art History's Summer Study Abroad Paris Program develop and produce research-based art projects from idea to installation. Check availability on the website and with the contact person(s)

Community Scholars Fellowship - This program supports undergraduate students conducting research that benefits, and is carried out in partnership with community organizations, nonprofits, or local government agencies. The program provides a stipend for a student who will carry out at least 150 hours of research over the course of a semester or a summer. The program also provides funding for research-related expenses and a stipend for the community partner, and if applicable, funding for a faculty "advisor". Check on availability on the website and with the contact person(s)

Humanities Institute Summer Grants - Each year the Humanities Institute awards up to ten, $5,000 grants to USF faculty to facilitate summer research. Funding for these awards is currently provided by the USF Office of Research and Innovation. Summer grant recipients have a long record of producing innovative and compelling research. Check on availability on the website and with the contact person(s).