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

Advance Catalyst: Reveal, Amplify, and Implement Strategies for Equity (RAISE) National Science Foundation

Dr. Joanne Muller

Advanced Nursing Education Workforce ANEW 2024 Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)

Dr. Loureen Downes

AGC Education & Research Foundation Faculty Internship AGC Education and Research Foundation Daniel Linares
Assessing Future Flood Vulnerability and Natural Habitat for Reducing Flood Loss in SW Florida US Environmental Protection Agency → University of Florida Dr. Michael Savarese
Award of Cooperative Agreement for the establishment of an APEX Accelerator Office of Naval Research → University of West Florida Dorian Zwierewicz
BRC-BIO: Supporting Snake Identification & Snakebite Diagnosis with Computer Vision, Crowdsourcing, and Expert Verification National Science Foundation Dr. Andrew Durso
BW2 Microbial Treatment of Cyanobacteria Florida Department of Environmental Protection Dr. Serge Thomas
Cape Coral Consulting - SBDC 2022-2023 City of Cape Coral Dorian Zwierewicz
Consultancy on Forensic Anthropology International Committee of the Red Cross Dr. Heather Walsh-Haney
FGCU Nurse Anesthetist Traineeship Program Project Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Dr. Virginia Londahl-Ramsey
Graduate Research Fellowship Program National Science Foundation Puspa Adhikari
Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce Research Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce Dr. Amir Borges Ferreira Neto
Lee County Administration of the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program-Match Lee County Board of County Commissioners Dorian Zwierewicz
Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders US Department of State → IREX Dr. Ally Zhou
Preparation for Industrial Careers in Mathematical Sciences (PIC Math) National Science Foundation → Mathematical Association of America Dr. Alberto Condori
Refining a Habitat Suitability Index model for hard clam and seagrass co-restoration in the Charlotte Harbor and Caloosahatchee River Estuaries US Environmental Protection Agency Dr. Melissa May
Reinforced Concrete Structures Class (BCN 3431C) Collier Building Industry Foundation Anh Chau
Supporting Young Children's School Readiness Through A Seamless Literacy Based Curriculum 2023-2024 Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation → Florida Gulf Coast University Foundation Carly Israel
The Manhattan Construction Company Residency Manhattan Construction Company Daniel Linares

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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., Modular 4
Fort Myers, FL 33965–6502

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
Uluc, Ersun Grants and Research Compliance Coordinator II (239) 590-7908
Watson, Samantha Grants and Research Compliance Coordinator II (239) 590-7022
Wood, Simon Grants and Research Compliance Coordinator II (239) 590-7020

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