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CFS Research and Grant Activity Shows Impressive Results for Current Fiscal Year

Although the fiscal year for USF does not end until June 30, CFS research and grant activity already shows an impressive effort among faculty and staff who participate in high-impact research and innovation to change lives, improve health, and foster sustainable development and positive societal change.

By mid April, 71 proposals totaling $52,558,985 were submitted and 20 of the proposals have been funded. An additional 20 proposals are in various stages for submission. 

Including CFS's existing grants, up to 75 active grants  have been managed across the fiscal year, with the total life-value of the awards equaling $61,655,684. Research, training, and technical assistance projects spread across topics, including:

  • Autism and related disabilities
  • Child welfare system and practice improvement
  • Community supports
  • Early childhood
  • Positive Behavior Support
  • Quality Improvement
  • Reduction in mental health disparities
  • School success
  • Substance abuse
  • Trauma-based support
  • Workforce development

According to USF Research & Innovation reports (Top Awardees), CFS had 9 researchers in the top 100 of grant awardees across USF and 6 researchers in the top 10 grant awardees in CBCS.

“I want to congratulate all of our CFS faculty, both Research and Tenured, for the incredible effort at applying for external funding. This is particularly noteworthy because it was accomplished during a very challenging time where existing grant activities had to pivot efforts to a virtual approach," said CFS Department Chair Professor Mario Hernandez. "I also want to acknowledge that CFS could not be productive without the support of our pre-and post-award administrators and staff.  Without their support we could not be as productive in applying for funding and also in managing a diverse grant/contract portfolio! Hats off to everyone in CFS for an incredible effort!”

More information on CFS's research, training, and techical assistance efforts can be found in the most recent Impact Report.

Recently Funded Projects

A Close Inspection of the Academic Language Used by K-3 Students

A Modular Approach for Autism Programs in Schools (MAAPS) Methodology Core

All Pro Dad: Fatherhood Involvement in Literacy and Family Engagement Multimedia and Awareness Campaign

Development of Math and Science domains of the School Readiness Curriculum Based Measurement System

Early Childhood Systems Technical Assistance Center

Enhancing Veteran Community Reintegration Research (ENCORE) Year 2

Evaluation of Pinellas Open Doors Project

Evaluation of the State Targeted Response and Partnership for Success Projects

Florida HIPPY Pilot Test for Online Supplemental Curriculum

Florida Project Coordination for Educational and Community Supports

Florida School Climate Transformation Grant

Florida's Child Welfare Information and Training Gateway

Hillsborough HIPPY Parental Involvement Program (HHPIP)

HIPPY Martin County (HIMCO)

Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters

Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) Preschool Development Grant Online Support Pilot

IMPACT Project

Independent Assessment of the Florida Medicaid NET Program

Institute for Translational Research Education in Adolescent Drug Abuse

Just in Time Training Website

Kids Count 2021

Making Connections for Mental Health

Nevada QPI/JIT Website

Parent Partners for Families of Miami-Dade County

Partnership for Effective Programs for Students with Autism

Positive Behavior Interventions and Support: Multitiered System of Support Project

Program-Wide Positive Behavior Support

Pyramid Model Expansion to School-District Implementation in Preschool and Kindergarten Classrooms

Quality Parenting Initiative (QPI)

Rehabilitation Counseling Master's Degree Program - A Solution to Personnel Shortages in the Florida Public Vocational Rehabilitation System

Rehabilitation Counseling Master's Program: A solution to Personnel Shortage in the Florida Vocational Rehabilitation System

Social, Ethical, and Behavioral Implications (SEBI) Research on COVID-19 Testing and Vaccine Uptake among Rural Latino Migrants in Southwest Florida

Statewide Implementation of Pyramid Model

Technical Assistance Center on Positive Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Outcomes for Young Children with, and at Risk for, Developmental Delays or Disabilities (NCPMI)

Technical Assistance Network for Children's Behavioral Health (TA Network)

The Impact of the S.P.A.R.K. Intervention on Risky Sexual Behavior and Teen Pregnancy Prevention

The Martin County HIPPY (Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters) Program

Understanding the effects of COVID‐19 Restrictions on Foster Care Services in Florida Panhandle