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Research & Sponsored Programs

$301 Million

Research funding since opening in 1997

Research Enriches

Faculty and Students

$26.18 Million

Research funding for fiscal year 2021-2022

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Awards Received Last Quarter

2022-2023-Red Tide Monitoring in Coastal Waters and Benthic Environments of southwest Florida (Lee and Collier Counties) Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission

Dr. Michael Parsons

Application of Remote Sensing Technologies to the Study of Long-term Dynamics of Mangrove Forests in Southwest Florida Andrew R. and Janet F. Miller Foundation FGCU Foundation

Dr. Brian Bovard

CPB - WGCU TV - 2022-2023 Corporation for Public Broadcasting TV

Corey Lewis

CPB - WGCU-Radio 2022-2023 Corporation for Public Broadcasting TV Corey Lewis
Expansion of the Estero Bay HAB Water Quality Monitoring Network National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) → Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association Dr. Michael Parsons
FGCU Justice for Families Grant United Way of Lee County and Lee County Board of County Commissioners from US Treasury (American Rescue Plan) → Abuse Counseling and Treatment, Inc. (ACT) Dr. Sandra Pavelka
Fulbright TEA for International Secondary School Teachers of English, Science, Technology, Engineering, EFL, and Mathematics (e-STEEM; hereafter referred to as the e-STEEM program) U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) → IREX Fulbright Teacher Exchange Dr. Ally Zhou
Horizon Council Membership Horizon Foundation, Inc. Dr. Amir Neto
Novel organic-ion-based technology for long-term virus preservation at ambient temperature (Sub with OSWEGO) National Institutes of Health (NIH) → The Research Foundation for the State of New York (OSWEGO) Dr. Michael Scott
NSF-RAPID-Evolution of critical shear stress in the seabed of an urbanized estuary and natural estuary after the passage of Hurricane Ian National Science Foundation (NSF) Dr. David Fugate
RAPID: Understanding Hurricane Ian’s Storm Surge Inundation and Sediment Transport in Order to Advance the Field of Paleotempestology National Science Foundation (NSF) Dr. Joanne Muller
Sanibel Island Writers Conference 2022 Lee County Board of County Commissioners Dr. Jason Elek
Working With the Experts (WWE) 2022-2023 Florida Department of Education Dr. Timothy Ferguson

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About Externally Funded Research

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

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 research@fgcu.edu.

For more information and assistance with RSC, please contact Rhonda Holtzclaw at 239-590-1037 or rholtzcl@fgcu.edu.

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., Modular 4
Fort Myers, FL 33965–6502

Name Title Email Phone
Alexander, Sherry Assistant Director, Research Compliance & Research Integrity Officer sralexander@fgcu.edu (239) 590-7522
Ford, Judi Grant Coordinator I juford@fgcu.edu (239) 590-7549
Gilmore, Donna Director dgilmore@fgcu.edu (239) 590-7582
Higgins, Rosemary Associate Vice President, Research & Sponsored Programs rhiggins@fgcu.edu (239) 590-7021
Leyden, Julie Administrative Assistant II jleyden@fgcu.edu (239) 590-1443
Mitchell, Charlene Grants and Research Compliance Coordinator II cmitchell@fgcu.edu (239) 590-7881
Pannone, Kristen Grant Coordinator II kpannone@fgcu.edu (239) 590-7908
Payne, Nadia Data Management Analyst II npayne@fgcu.edu (239) 590-1853
Pollock, Tina Accountant II tpollock@fgcu.edu (239) 590-7323
Watson, Samantha Grants and Research Compliance Coordinator II swatson@fgcu.edu (239) 590-7022
Wood, Simon Grants and Research Compliance Coordinator II sawood@fgcu.edu (239) 590-7020

Office of Research & Sponsored Programs
10501 FGCU Blvd. S., Modular 4
Fort Myers, FL 33965-6502