Award Opportunities

Congratulations PHHP Awardees

Type of Award, Awardee Name(s), Department and Year Awarded are listed below:

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Distinguished Professor/Curator:

This award acknowledges an exceptional record of achievement in the areas of teaching, research and publication, and professional and public service that is recognized both nationally and internationally. The final decision is made by the President with the advice of the Academic Personnel Board.

Distinguished Professor/Curator Awardees:

Faculty name: Department year of award
Krista Vandenborne Physical Therapy 2017

UF Research Foundation Professorships:

These awards annually recognize faculty research contributions and provide incentives for continued excellence in research. Each Professorship is awarded for a three-year period and includes a $5,000 annual salary supplement and a $3,000 research grant. Associate and Full Professors who are tenured and who have been on the UF faculty for at least five years are eligible to be nominated by their colleges.

UF Research Foundation Professorship Awardees:

Faculty Name Department Year of award
Tara Sabo-Attwood Environmental & Global Health 2020
Ronald Cohen Clinical & Health Psychology 2019
Michael Robinson Clinical & Health Psychology 2018
Ira Longini Biostatistics 2017
David Fuller Physical Therapy 2016
Carolynn Patten Physical Therapy 2015
Catherine Price Clinical & Health Psychology 2014
Robert Cook Epidemiology 2013
Michael Marsiske Clinical & Health Psychology 2012
David Janicke Clinical & Health Psychology 2011

Research Opportunity Seed Fund:

This annual seed grant program targets interdisciplinary, faculty-initiated research initiatives with potential for extramural support up to $100,000 over two years. It funds new projects and/or new collaborative partnerships. Awardees listed are either PI or CoPI.

Research Opportunity Seed Fund Awardees:

Faculty Name Department Year of Award
Joseph Bisesi (PI) Environmental & Global Health 2020
Zhigang Li (CoPI) Biostatistics 2020
Russell Hepple (PI) Physical Therapy 2020
Andrew Judge (PI) Physical Therapy 2020
Tara Sabo-Attwood (CoPI) Environmental & Global Health 2020
Russell Hepple (CoPI) Physical Therapy 2019
David Fuller Physical Therapy 2018
Jinying Zhao Epidemiology 2017
Andrew Judge Physical Therapy 2016
Jaime Pomeranz Occupational Therapy 2015

Excellence Awards for Assistant Professors:

The Provost’s Office offers the Excellence Awards for Assistant Professors recognizing excellence in research. Each award is a one-time allocation of $5,000 in support of research that can be used to fund travel, equipment, books, graduate students, and other research-related expenses.

Excellence Awards for Assistant Professors Awardees:

Faculty Name Department Year of award
Natalie Dean Biostatistics 2020
Katheryn Ross Clinical & Health Psychology 2019
David Fedele Clinical & Health Psychology 2018

For information regarding nomination packet requirements: Excellence Awards for Assistant Professors


Faculty Enhancement Opportunity (FEO) Awards:


This award advances the academic/professional/scholarly abilities of faculty members in the Health Science Center. The awards are more flexible in nature and duration than traditional sabbaticals. The award, of approximately $40,000, is sponsored by the President’s Office and the award amount can vary widely, depending on the expenses required by the project; however, the recipient’s unit is required to provide some resources towards the activity. A number of awards have been made to PHHP faculty—approximately 2 per year.

Faculty Enhancement Opportunity (FEO) Awardees:

Faculty name Department year of award
Song Liang Environmental & Global Health Spring 2019
Mattia Prosperi Epidemiology Spring 2019
Krishna Vaddiparti Epidemiology Spring 2019
David Fedele Clinical & Health Psychology Fall 2017
Tara Sabo-Attwood Environmental & Global Health Fall 2017
Catherine Striley Epidemiology Fall 2017
Duane Dede Clinical & Health Psychology Fall 2016
Catherine Striley Epidemiology Spring 2015
Richard Rheingans Environmental & Global Health Fall 2014
Xiaohui Xu Epidemiology Spring 2013

Travel Awards for Research Grant EnhancemenT (TARGET Initiative):

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Faculty visits to granting agencies can reap significant benefits. For junior faculty, it can increase participation on review panels, awareness of future calls for funding, and networking with agency staff. For senior faculty, it can create mentoring opportunities and bolster multidisciplinary teams to develop stronger grant proposals.

The UF Office of Research announces an announcement of a campuswide call for proposals to the TARGET (Travel Awards for Research Grant EnhancemenT) program in support of team science. The fall 2019 call funded approximately 100 faculty, and with financial support from the Provost, at the rate of $2000 for airfare, hotel, meals and incidentals for travel completed by June 2020 to:

  • Support grantsmanship efforts. Most teams will spend a few days interacting with program staff at one or more major funding agencies in Washington D.C., but other venues will be considered.
  • Team leads must be senior faculty (Associate Professor or higher) identified within each team, who lead on submitting the team’s TARGET proposal to their respective college. A senior faculty member may lead on only one (1) proposal, and each team is allowed to submit one proposal only. Junior faculty may be members of more than one team.
  • Team themes are flexible and can be defined broadly – teams are expected to leverage their TARGET awards to prepare competitive proposals.
  • All team members will be responsible for their own travel logistics, and they are expected to:
    • Engage in all scheduled group activities,
    • Share their biosketch with agency staff, and
  • Volunteer to provide ad hoc proposal reviews and serve on grant review panels.

For Eligibility, Submission Guidelines, Selection & Follow-Up Processes

TARGET Awardees:

Target team (team leader is bold) Grant agency year of award
Linda Cottler (Epi) Joy Gabrielli (CHP), Catalina Lopez-Quintero (Epi), Qing Lu (Bio), Yan Wang (Epi) NIDA/NIAAA Fall 2019
Ronald Cohen (CHP), Joseph Gullett (CHP), Chiung-ju (CJ) Liu (OT), Eric Porges (CHP), Zheng Wang (OT) NIA Fall 2019