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Preeminent Recruitment and the Top 10 Initiative

UF MBIThe University of Florida is recruiting Preeminent Faculty in a wide variety of brain and neuroscience research areas. This multidisciplinary search is in conjunction with UF’s Top 10 Initiative, with the goal of strategic faculty hires to further elevate our national academic and research standing to one of the top 10 public universities in the United States.

In April 2013, the State of Florida Legislature declared the University of Florida as one of state’s most preeminent research universities and assigned funding to move UF into Top 10 status among national public universities. This declaration of preeminence resulted in a plan for $15 million annually for five years, strictly dedicated for faculty salaries. Through private fundraising, UF leadership pledged to match that amount. Additional support for developmental packages will come from other sources on campus.

The funds will be focused on 16 faculty-nominated projects; a full list can be found below. These proposals identified areas where UF has particular strengths, and where investment will have interdisciplinary implications across campus.

Specific to UF’s interdisciplinary neuroscience community, in which the MBI plays a pivotal role, is the Neuroscience and the Brain proposal, with a $2.2 million investment – the second largest allocation.

These projects will necessitate the attention of investigators with highly specialized skills and ingenuity in neuroscience. Some of this proficiency is already on campus; some will be recruited. To this end, UF is implementing a strategic hiring initiative for faculty to further elevate its national standing, as well as improve its already competitive edge for BRAIN funding.


Funded Proposals @ UF


  • Big data: $3.8 million
  • Neuroscience and the Brain: $2.2 million
  • Food Security, Safety and Distribution Systems: $1.45 million
  • Drug Discovery and Development: $900,000
  • Metabolomics: $900,000
  • Plant Genomics: $710,000
  • Optimizing Early Childhood Interventions: $575,000
  • Mucosal Immunology: $500,000
  • Global Health Initiative: $500,000
  • Cyber-security: $330,000
  • Mathematical Modeling of Diseases: $300,000
  • Latin American Development: $300,000
  • Materials Innovation: $260,000
  • Law: $250,000
  • STEM Translational Communication Research: $200,000
  • Historical and Environmental Archaeology: $150,000

Additional Links:

University of Florida launches Top 10 Initiative

UF sets sights on Top 10 after breaking Top 15 in Recent Ranking

UF hiring up to 100 professors in pursuit of Top 10 status