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About the Initiative

UCF’s Faculty Cluster Initiative links faculty from all thirteen of UCF’s colleges, and several institutes and centers, to solve today’s toughest challenges. The faculty are conducting cutting-edge, interdisciplinary research and education to make positive impacts across the globe and to promote UCF excellence.

The initial six clusters were launched in 2015 with 33 faculty positions and have since grown to seven clusters and two Centers with more than 135 joint and secondary joint faculty, each key to their success.

These teams are discovering new ways to power our lives, keep power systems resilient and sustainable, keep our private data safe and secure, better understand the genetics behind diseases and biodiversity, improve the ways we use technology to learn, sustain our coastlines, help our bodies accept medical devices, aid the physical and cognitive functions of people with disabilities and older persons and protect all members of society from violence.

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With some of the latest advancements in medicine involving technology that interfaces with the body, UCF’s Biionix Cluster is working to make these devices smarter than ever and sure that our bodies safely accept these augmentations.

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Cyber Security and Privacy

UCF’s Cyber Security and Privacy Cluster is on the cutting edge of data protection by not only understanding and exploring existing ways to stay secure but also inventing new ones and understanding the social implications new technology and the Internet of Things have on our daily lives.

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Disability, Aging and Technology (DAT)

UCF’s Disability, Aging and Technology Cluster is helping aid the physical and cognitive functions of people with disabilities and older persons.

Learn More about Disability, Aging and Technology (DAT)

Genomics and Bioinformatics

UCF’s Genomics and Bioinformatics Cluster uses advanced genetic sequencing technology to understand the mysteries behind life, including how to mitigate diseases that spread and evolve through populations and time.

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Learning Sciences

Technology is constantly changing and so is the way we use it to learn. UCF’s Learning Sciences Cluster not only develops new technology to improve learning outcomes but also explores how we interact with and learn using machines.

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Renewable Energy and Chemical Transformation (REACT)

UCF’s Renewable Energy and Chemical Transformation Cluster, or REACT, is developing new, alternative power sources for our tech and transportation that are safe for people and the environment.

Learn More about Renewable Energy and Chemical Transformation (REACT)

Resilient, Intelligent and Sustainable Energy Systems (RISES) Center

UCF’s Resilient, Intelligent and Sustainable Energy Systems Center, or RISES, works to develop sustainable and resilient energy systems and storage to make sure we have power and stay connected when disasters strike.

Learn More about Resilient, Intelligent and Sustainable Energy Systems (RISES) Center

UCF Coastal: National Center for Integrated Coastal Research

UCF Coastal integrates science and societal needs to address coastal issues and teach students conservation and resource management.

Learn More about UCF Coastal: National Center for Integrated Coastal Research

Violence Against Women (VAW)

UCF’s Violence Against Women Cluster researchers work across the disciplines of education, social work, medicine and nursing to create knowledge to guide policymaking designed to reduce the experience and impact of violence.

Learn More about Violence Against Women (VAW)

UCF’s Brightest Stars

A luminary, by definition, is a person who inspires or influences others. Our Luminaries do this and more — shining a positive light on our university and their respective fields and setting an example that illuminates the path of discovery for those who will come after them.

The Luminary Awards were established six years ago to recognize impactful faculty for their research and scholarship — from all areas of the university.

Link to Luminary awards publication

University Research Impact

UCF researchers attract more than $100 million annually in grants, gifts and sponsored awards. In addition to supporting innovative research, these financial resources help strengthen and diversify our local and state economies.


Million in Research Funding


Ranking Among Public Universities
for Number of Patents, 2021


32 Licenses and Options


1,115 Total Patents Secured

UCF Research News

Colleges & Campus
2 Faculty Named UCF Trustee Chairs for 2024-29
The five-year professorships honor and celebrate distinguished faculty members for exceptional performance.
Science & Technology
UCF Launches Inaugural Mentorship, Scholarship Initiative for Students in AI
UCF faculty are collaborating as part of a new five-year U.S. National Science Foundation grant led by UCF’s Center for Research in Computer Vision to…
Colleges & Campus
UCF Awards Promotion and Tenure to 104 Faculty
The designations recognize years of excellence and productivity in teaching, research and service.