Richard Tucker Gerontology Applied Research Awards Program


RICHARD TUCKER Gerontology Applied Research AWARDS PROGRAM

General Information

Richard Tucker Gerontology Applied Research Award is a competitive award specifically for Applied Gerontology Research conducted at UCF by UCF faculty, staff or graduate students under the sponsorship of UCF professors.  This award will consider all UCF faculty supported applied research in the area of Gerontology, and includes proposed or in progress research studies.

In September each year the program is announced by an email sent out by  all Deans and Department heads.  This memo references the LIFE at UCF web links that include specific instructions and application form which must be utilized for all submissions. Please contact your department administrative assistant if you have not received this email.   The grant process includes selection of finalists that are interviewed by a special Gerontology Grants committee.

The web application is essential to the program, and must be completed and submitted through the website.  The website performs many necessary administrative actions to process each submission.   Submitting your application requires two steps, both of which are accomplished on the web site.  Detailed instructions are included on the application web page.

Each submission will be sent an email receipt.  Submission deadline and selection notification dates are included.

Application web site: TBD for 2017-2018

Since the total funds available for this program are dependent on LIFE membership fees, yearly specific individual grant funding limits are established.  Typical maximum grants vary between $500 & $6,000.  However, many awards only receive partial funding so it is important to prioritize your budget request.  Funds are distributed to recipients in February.

Applicants may use the monies for a variety of needs to support the research effort.  However, the monies cannot be used for staff travel or attendance to conferences to promote the research.

Awards are selected on the merits of the project submitted for consideration using the following general criteria*:

  1. How well the proposed applied research meets the purpose and intent of this  awards program.
  2. How well the proposed applied research meets or has met the stated research need.
  3. How well the proposed applied research benefits LIFE members and the elder community.
  4. The availability of other funding to support this research.
  5. The ability to fund portions of the research budget submitted.

*Proposals are not required to meet all criteria.

Examples of research grants previously awarded include the following:

This year LIFE received 9 applrcations for the Applied Gerontology Research Awards that
requested over $54,000 in funds. The LIFE board approved$21,000 to support these awards.
The following five applications were selected for funding:
1. Sarah Gitto a doctoral student from the Burnett School of Biomedical received a $7,800.00 award for her
research investigating the role of a specific type immune system cell (Eosinophils) in pancreatic cancer. This
research may provide an early detection of this most deadly type cancer in seniors. This advanced research
involves the use of mice.
2. Nicolas James, a Psychology doctoral student, received a $3,000.00 award for his research that involves a
Quality of Life improvement program for older adults living in assisted living facilities. This program will involve
getting these adults involved in UCF sports and entertainment activities. LIFE members will be able to participate in
this research.
3. Dr. Jacqueline LaManna from the College of Nursing received a $4,200.00 award to support her research in
developing a baseline of the Burdens and Satisfactions of Caregiving in Older Adults by the Elderly including the
support provided. LIFE members will be able to participate in this research.
4. Michael Rupp, a doctoral student in the Applied Experimental Psychology program, received a $3,500.00 award
for his research that investigates the role in aging on our ability to carry out certain physical actions and includes
separating out differences between brain and muscle control functions. LIFE members will be able to participate
in this research.
5. Dr. Cecyle Carson from the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department received a $2,500.00 award for
her research on the educational and practical implications of the aging effects of individual’s voice acoustic
measurements. LIFE members will be able to participate in this research.



  1. Dr. Janel Cosby: $7,500.00 for research involving older adults with known hearing loss. The research investigates changes in speech perception and cognitive processing after the participant has received auditory training.

2.  Dr. Nicole Dawson: $4,900.00 for research investigating the health impact of older adults interacting with children during monitored physical activities.

3.  Dr. Helen Huang: $7,000.00 for research that will determine the brain dynamics of walking in older adults. This research will utilize new advanced equipment recently installed at UCF.

4. Dr. Ladda Thiamwong: $2,650.00 for research sponsoring a pilot study to develop a falls prevention program for older adults.

5.  Dr. Joshua Trouche: $3,300.00 for testing the effectiveness of a newly developed computer application designed to help maintain functional language with persons afflicted with dementia.

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The 2017/2018 PROGRAM

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