Research & Sponsored Programs

$345 Million

Research funding since opening in 1997

Research Enriches

Faculty and Students

$44 Million

Research funding for fiscal year 2022-2023

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Awards Received Last Quarter

NEH Disaster Mitigation following Hurricane Ian Florida Humanities Council Amy Shumaker
Improving Cybersecurity Resilience for Florida State and Local Executive and Managerial Staff Florida A&M University Dr. Chengyi Qu
Criminal Justice, Mental Health and Substance Abuse (CJMHSA) Planning Grant Lee County Board of County Commissioners Dr. Sandra Pavelka
Working with the Experts (WWE) 2023-2024 Florida Department of Education Dr. Timothy Ferguson
2024 Arts Mural Project Florida Gulf Coast University Foundation John Loscuito
WGCU CPB Radio FY24 Corporation for Public Broadcasting Corey Lewis
WGCU CPB TV FY24 Corporation for Public Broadcasting Corey Lewis
A Second Data-Driven Mathematical Study of West Nile Virus in Lee County, FL (2023-2025) Lee County Mosquito Control District Dr. Alberto Condori
Purchase Service Agreement-Ension (Hegy ETI) 23-24 Ension, Inc. Dr. Seneshaw Tsegaye
WGCU TV Stations 2023-2024 (Florida Dept. of Education) Florida Department of Education Corey Lewis
WGCU Radio 2023-2024 (Florida Dept. of Education) Florida Department of Education Corey Lewis
Lee County Administration of the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program-Match Lee County Board of County Commissioners Dorian Zwierewicz
Schulze Alternative Pathways for STEM Teacher Education 2022 Florida Gulf Coast University Foundation Dr. Heather Skaza-Acosta
NCEF Early Learning Child Development Center Florida Gulf Coast University Foundation Dr. Timothy Ferguson
2021-2022-Long-Term Health Impacts of Harmful Algal Blooms Program Florida Atlantic University Dr. Michael Parsons
Brodie Undergraduate Research Funds 2022-2023 Florida Gulf Coast University Foundation Dr. Heather Skaza-Acosta
Florida 2023-2024 State Performance Funds Part I and II University of West Florida Dorian Zwierewicz
Industry Analysis on Everglades (Region) The Everglades Foundation Dr. Amir Borges Ferreira Neto
Collier County Sheriff's Office at Lake Trafford Collier County Sheriff's Office Dr. Heather Walsh-Haney
Reflections of a Colored Girl Florida Humanities Council Amy Shumaker

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About Externally Funded Research

Funding Sources  Need assistance finding a Research Sponsor? See what funding sources are available.

Definitions — See the Academic Resources of the Provost's Office for Sponsored Project, Gift, and Continuing Education Definitions

Externally Funded Awards (EFA) Guidelines and Procedures:

Misconduct in Research  FGCU holds all individuals involved in scientific research and scholarly/creative activity to the highest ethical standards in the conduct of these activities. Faculty, staff, and students are expected to comply with generally accepted ethical and legal standards for the conduct of and reporting of possible violations in the conduct scientific research and scholarly/creative activity.

FGCU has established Misconduct in Research procedures that apply to individuals (other than students involved in regular classroom assignments) engaged in any form of research and scholarship, funded or otherwise, in every discipline throughout FGCU.

For more information and assistance with IACUC and IRB applications, please contact the Compliance Coordinator at

For more information and assistance with RSC, please contact Rhonda Holtzclaw at 239-590-1037 or

Conflicts of Interest  Please refer to the current Faculty Collective Bargaining Agreement, the Employee Handbook, and FGCU Regulation 5.012, Outside Employment/Activities, for conflicts of interest relating to your employment with the university.

FGCU offers an online Conflict of Interest course through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI). The course includes basic background in the elements of the revised Public Health Service (PHS) federal regulations on financial conflicts of interest and investigator and institutional responsibilities. CITI registration and logon instructions can be found by clicking on the above link. 

Intellectual Property — Pursuant to Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) Intellectual Property Policy (Policy No. 2.002), “The University is implementing this authority through this Intellectual Property Policy, which requires that all Florida Gulf Coast University employees disclose certain works and inventions that are developed or discovered while affiliated with the University.” View the Intellectual Property Policy or the Student Created Intellectual Property policy.

Complete the online Invention Disclosure Form.

Equipment  FGCU has partnered with LifeSciences South Florida (LSSF).

The overall goals of this initiative are to continue building a South Florida life science cluster, foster collaboration, enhance education opportunities, and increase access to and utilization of expensive instruments.

Today the database includes a searchable list of scientific instruments (manufacturer, model, and specifications), institution and point of contact (e-mail and telephone). You may search by instrument (e.g. confocal microscope) or institution (e.g. Florida Gulf Coast University). If you are interested in gaining access to any of the instruments in the database, the place to start is the point of contact. In the future the site will include a uniform terms of use agreement and confirmed availability.

Explore the resources available at the LSSF Resource Portal.

Student Research

The Office of Scholarly Innovation & Student Research supports hands-on experiences through research, employment opportunities, and various academic awards to facilitate student and faculty learning within any discipline.

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Contact The Office of Research & Sponsored Programs

Mailing Address:
10501 FGCU Blvd. S., Sugden Hall Suite 201
Fort Myers, FL 33965–6502
ORSP General Mailbox

Name Title Email Phone
Alexander, Sherry Assistant Director, Research Compliance & Research Integrity Officer (239) 590-7522
Ford, Judi Grant Coordinator I (239) 590-7549
Gilmore, Donna Director (239) 590-7582
Higgins, Rosemary Associate Vice President, Research & Sponsored Programs (239) 590-7021
Leyden, Julie Administrative Assistant II (239) 590-1443
Mitchell, Charlene Grants and Research Compliance Coordinator II (239) 590-7881
Payne, Nadia Data Management Analyst II (239) 590-1853
Pollock, Tina Accountant III (239) 590-7323
Torres, Marie Research Compliance Coordinator (239) 745-4538
Uluc, Ersun Grants and Research Compliance Coordinator II (239) 590-7908
Watson, Samantha Research Compliance Coordinator (239) 590-7022
Wood, Simon Grants and Research Compliance Coordinator II (239) 590-7020

Office of Research & Sponsored Programs
10501 FGCU Blvd. S., Sugden Hall Suite 201
Fort Myers, FL 33965-6502

 ORSP General Mailbox