Richard Tucker Gerontology Applied Research Grants Program


RICHARD TUCKER Gerontology Applied Research GRANTS PROGRAM

General Information

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.  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.  The grant process includes selection of finalists that are interviewed by a special Gerontology Grants committee.  Please contact your department administrative assistant if you have not received this email.

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:  http://

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 grants only receive partial funding so it is important to prioritize your budget request.  Grant 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 based on the merits of the project submitted for consideration using the following minimum criteria:

  1. How well the project meets the purpose and intent of this award.
  2. How well the research meets or has met the stated need.
  3. Benefit to LIFE members, to elder students, to community members, and to lifelong learning.
  4. Availability of other funding to support this research.


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.

Application web site:  http://


THE 2016/2017 PROGRAM