College of Public Health
Office of Research

The University of South Florida and the College of Public Health have a distinguished history of discovery of new knowledge. USF COPH is now ranked 16th in the nation, up from 21st. The Office of Research has responsibility for the College’s research enterprise, encompassing a broad spectrum of services. It provides pre-award and post-award administrative services for sponsored projects, and together, it works to foster the continuation of those creative endeavors and to promote an environment that sustains the highest standards of scholarship, health and safety.

Last year, the Office of Research received more than $25 million in funding. This year, it is already close to matching that at 22 million, with one-third of the fiscal year left to go. The research team oversees the management of its research programs and assists investigators seeking external funding, promotes interdisciplinary research, and manages awards throughout the sponsored research life cycle – from proposal development through financial administration and award closeout. It serves as a liaison with the USF Division of Sponsored Research and Research Financial Management.


Ellen Daley

Ellen Daley, PhD
Associate Dean for Research and Practice
Ph: 813-974-8518
Fax: 813-974-5172

I’d like to welcome you to the Office of Research and Practice, an integral part of the University of South Florida’s College of Public Health. Our dedication to assisting in the research/practice enterprise of the college has helped create a strong professional and supportive atmosphere that allows the college’s world class researchers to successfully conduct cutting edge projects that benefit the public’s health locally, regionally, nationally and across the globe. Our dedication to making the connections between the research and practice elements of public health seamless means that we are equally adept, and committed, to supporting both research and practice proposals and awards. Our portfolio at the college is comprised of a strong mix of federally funded, foundation, state and local agency- and non-profit grant funding. 

An essential part of our function is to promote an environment that sustains the highest standards of research, collaboration, and training – thus, we work closely with faculty, students and staff to provide integrated support services to College of Public Health researchers and practice faculty. 

Our office oversees the management of the college’s diverse research portfolio, assists investigators seeking external funding, and promotes interdisciplinary research. We support and encourage community engaged research, and assist faculty in responding to strategic funding initiatives. Additionally, the research office supports investigators by managing awards throughout the sponsored research life cycle – from proposal development through financial administration and award closeout. Our office serves as a liaison with the USF Division of Sponsored Research and Research Financial Management.

The College of Public Health’s researchers conduct studies in a broad range of topics such as infectious disease prevention, women’s health, health disparities, prevention of chronic diseases, injury prevention, health care policy, and many others. 

Key Areas of Assistance:
  • Identification of Funding Opportunities
  • Proposal Development and Submission
  • Award Set-up
  • Sponsoring Prior Approvals
  • Sub-award Development/Modification and Financial Monitoring
  • Financial Management and Compliance
  • Effort Tracking & Reporting
  • Program Budget Assistance
  • Project Reconciliations & Closeouts
  • Administrative Liaisons with Sponsoring Agencies
We are here to assist faculty, students and staff in all funded research and practice endeavors in the college. We look forward to working with you!

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