Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.35
Liaison Peter Stiling
Submission Date Feb. 19, 2018
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STARS v2.1

University of South Florida
AC-10: Support for Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Jason Richardson
Research Associate
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution have an ongoing program to encourage students in multiple disciplines or academic programs to conduct research in sustainability? :
Yes

A brief description of the student research program, including the incentives provided and any positive outcomes during the previous three years:

Funding to Conduct Undergraduate Research Travel Grant
The Undergraduate Research Travel Grant provides financial support to students who travel for the purposes of conducting research related to an ongoing research or creative activities project. Activities supported by the travel grant include but are not limited to data collection, fieldwork, outside mentor collaboration meetings, research training, and use of equipment not available at USF.
http://www.lib.usf.edu/undergraduate-research/funding-resources/


Does the institution have a program to encourage faculty from multiple disciplines or academic programs to conduct research in sustainability topics?:
Yes

A brief description of the faculty research program, including the incentives provided and any positive outcomes during the previous three years:

Faculty–Community Partner Grant Program
The Research That Matters Faculty–Community Partner Grant Program seeks to promote activities that involve partnerships between USF and the broader community. These grants provide support for research that focuses on community identified issues. To receive funding, proposed research must meet the following criteria: (1) include partnerships in the community; (2) demonstrate the potential to lead to longer-lasting community engaged activities; (3) include a rigorous and feasible research design; and (4) demonstrate the potential to receive external funding. OCEP welcomes and encourages applications from all disciplines and departments within USF Tampa.
http://www.usf.edu/engagement/faculty/faculty-community-partner-grant-program.aspx


Has the institution published written policies and procedures that give positive recognition to interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and multidisciplinary research during faculty promotion and/or tenure decisions?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s support for interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and multidisciplinary research, including any positive outcomes during the previous three years:

The USF Tenure and Promotion (T&P) Guidelines necessitates that each unit (college, department) incorporates community engagement and community engaged scholarship into their unit-specific T&P guidelines. Incorporation of community engagement into T&P guidelines requires changes in language in the documents and, most importantly, changes in practice as T&P applicants submit their portfolios that may include community engaged activities in the areas of teaching, research, creative activities, and service, and as peer review committees evaluate such portfolios.
http://www.usf.edu/engagement/faculty/tenure-and-promotion.aspx


Does the institution have ongoing library support for sustainability research and learning?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s library support for sustainability research, including any positive outcomes during the previous three years:

In 2006, the University of South Florida (USF), the National Cave and Karst Research Institute (NCKRI), and the University of New Mexico (UNM) collaboratively established the Karst Information Portal (KIP). The goal of the continuing project is to transform global understanding of karst terrains through an innovative, global on-line linkage among karst researchers, educators, and land managers who desire a wide variety of electronic information on karst topics.

In the coming weeks and months, stay tuned to this page to learn more about the plethora of cutting-edge tools the USF Libraries are developing in order to connect students, scientists, policy makers, and the public with essential environmental data as it’s discovered.
http://www.lib.usf.edu/donate-usf-library/global-environmental-sustainability/


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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