Learning Institute for Elders at UCF

LIFE Grants and Awards Programs


LIFE at UCF annually provides Grants and Awards to various UCF departments, faculty, and students.  The amount of these awards is determined each year by the LIFE Board of Directors and depends upon revenues from membership fees and donations from LIFE members.  A minimum amount is specified in the current LIFE/UCF Partnership Agreement.  To date, LIFE at UCF is proud to have donated over $675,000 in support of these programs.

Grants and awards are divided into two major programs: The  Gerontology Applied Research Program and the  LIFE Appreciation Awards Program.     Each program is administered under separate policies.  An email announcement  is made to the UCF faculty for the  Gerontology Applied Research Program at the beginning of the fall semester.  A cover letter and applications for this program are posted on this LIFE at UCF web site during the fall semester.  The  LIFE Appreciation Awards Program provides grants based on service provided to LIFE from the various UCF departments.  A Recognition Event for all Grant and Award winners is held annually during the UCF academic spring semester.

Gerontology Applied Research Program (Average individual grant $500 to $6000)

The purpose and intent of this grant program is to promote and encourage all aspects of applied research at the University of Central Florida relating to the scientific study of the social, psychological and biological aspects of aging.  This program supports proposed research and research in progress.   The program consists of two parts: Richard Tucker Gerontology Applied Research Grant and the Al Dallago Undergraduate Gerontology Research Grant.

Richard Tucker Gerontology Applied Research Grant is a competitive grant specifically for Applied Gerontology Research conducted at UCF by UCF faculty, staff or graduate students under the sponsorship of UCF professors.  The research may be proposed or in progress.  Approved grants can range up to the full yearly allotted funding.  However, significant priority will be given to selecting the most projects that can be funded within the yearly approved funding.  Applications are required.  Selection is made by a separate Gerontology Awards Committee which makes recommendations to the LIFE board for final approval.  The program includes interviewing finalists.  Submissions and the interview will be evaluated based on the below criteria:

a.) How well the project meets the purpose and intent of this award.

b.) How well the research meets or has met the stated need.

c.) Benefit to LIFE members, to elder students, to community members, and to lifelong learning.

d.) Availability of other funding to support this research.

Al Dallago Undergraduate Gerontology Applied Research Grant is an integral part of the UCF Undergraduate Research Grant program that can provide $500 to support gerontology research projects submitted under the UCF program.  A simple Gerontology Research check box on the UCF application form (http://www.our.ucf.edu/opportunities/grant.php ) is all that is required to have the application reviewed by the LIFE committee.  Applications are submitted and grants approved each semester in accordance with the UCF program.


LIFE Appreciation Awards Program (Average individual Grant $500 to $2500)

The purpose and intent of the LIFE Appreciation Awards Program is to provide basic funding for UCF departments to enhance education and learning opportunities.

Appreciation Awards Program are those given to departments each fall which have supported LIFE over the previous year.  Departments are free to determine how these funds are applied to improve learning.  The Awards Committee directly nominates candidates for these awards based on the minimum criteria listed below:

a. Each department’s past and future service to the LIFE at UCF membership.

b. Programs presented to the LIFE membership.

c. Immediate known need of the UCF department

In December 2018 LIFE provided $24,600 in Appreciation Awards to the following UCF Departments:

Global Perspectives    Parking Services   UCF Library  Psychology Dept  Student Union   Interdisciplinary Studies Department  

Honor’s College      College of Medicine  College of Sciences  Athletics   Center for Success of Women Faculty  UCF Celebrates the Arts


‘Links to the Annual Announcement letters and Application forms for the various LIFE Grant programs when active are posted below:

  1. Richard Tucker Gerontology Applied Research Awards
  2. Al Dallago Undergraduate Gerontology Applied Research Grant