The purpose of the Pabst Steinmetz Foundation Arts & Wellness Innovation Awards is to build sustainable models for arts and wellness innovation both across the community and UCF campus. Interdisciplinary collaboration and evidence based community impact will be recognized as guides for building sustainability.

The Pabst Steinmetz Foundation Arts & Wellness Innovation Awards are two awards of $25,000 each to UCF faculty or staff member, cross-disciplinary teams.

The COVID-19 pandemic has posed unique challenges for higher-education and the way faculty conduct research. However, some may find there could be silver lining in this opportunity and look at things in a bit of a different way now. Please reach out to Kara Robertson ( or Heather Gibson ( if you need to find a partner or have questions.

Award Criteria

  • Preference will be given to initiatives that are interdisciplinary and sustainable.
  • Community-focused: Applicants must involve at least one community partner.
  • Cross-disciplinary: Applicants must involve the UCF College of Arts and Humanities and at least one other college, unit or center at the University of Central Florida in each submission.
  • All programs, initiatives or projects must contain an evaluation framework, quantitative or qualitative.

Topic Examples

  • Caregiving for loved ones with cognitive disorders.
  • Enforcing positivity with youth populations/mental health/bullying.
  • Daily wellness and self-care.

Nomination Form and Selection Process

The nomination form is available at

  • Nominations open August 28, 2020 and are due November 20, 2020 December 4 at noon. (Deadline extended.)
  • The selection committee comprises a representative from the UCF College of Arts and Humanities, the UCF College of Nursing, and the UCF College of Medicine, as well as up to three at-large members from the arts and wellness community.
  • If a team is selected as the winner, the team leader will receive the award.
  • 2020-21 award winners will be announced in late January 2021
  • Preview the 2020 application here: