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Research & Sponsored Programs

FGCU Information for Externally Sponsored Research and COVID-19

FGCU Information for Research Compliance and COVID-19

Office of Research & Graduate Studies (ORGS)
The Office of Research & Sponsored Programs (ORSP)
The Office of Graduate Studies (OGS)

See the 2018-2019 grant and contract recipients

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$260 million

Research Funding since opening in 1997

Research Enriches

The Student Experience

$14.95 million

Research funding for fiscal year 2019-2020


Research In The Field

In addition our on-campus research, FGCU has several off-campus locations from which research is being conducted.

Funding and Managing Your Grant

PreAward Proposal Development & Submission — All externally sponsored research grant proposals must be processed through the Office of Research and Graduate Studies (ORGS). Go to PreAward Proposal Development & Submission for information about Internal Clearance Routing, Budget Proposal & Justification, and Institutional Information.

PostAward Grant Management  PostAward Management is a shared responsibility between the ORGS, the Principal Investigator, the Office of Finance & Accounting, Human Resources, Procurement Services and other University offices. Go to PostAward for information about Grant Management, Effort Reporting, and Audit.

Internal Awards  Undergraduate Student Scholarship Support Award (USSSA), jointly sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Scholarship (OUS) and the ORGS, provides grants in support of undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative endeavors. USSSA supports and advances faculty research as well as enriches the student-centered learning environment. It is available to promote undergraduate student research participation across all academic disciplines at FGCU.

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

Overall Research Grant Guidelines  Two important overall guidelines: Guidelines for Sponsored Research & Programs and F&A (Indirect) Cost and Residual Returns

Research Compliance Committees  Compliance Committees provide FGCU researchers assistance in complying with the various federal, state and university regulations. Go to Regulatory Compliance Committees for information on IACUC, IRB, and RSC.

Export Controls  The U.S. government controls exports of sensitive equipment, software and technology as a means to promote our national security interests and foreign policy objectives. Because of this, Export Control is an essential part of research management. Get more information on Export Controls.

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 ISC, please contact Rhonda Holtzclaw at 239-590-1037 or

Conflicts of Interest  Please refer to the Faculty 2018–2021 Collective Bargaining Agreement, the Employee Handbook, and FGCU regulation FGCU-PR5.012 Outside Employment/Activity Regulation 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 and submit the PDF fillable 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

Research Day 2021 will take place as a virtual event in conjunction with Community Engagement. It was held via Zoom on Friday, April 16th. You can view the details on the Community Engagement and Research Day page.

Research Day 2020

Research Day

View the list of 2020 winners.

View the Research Day 2020 Program for details.

Poster Samples

Centers & Institutes

Guidelines on Establishing and Reviewing Centers and Institutes at Florida Gulf Coast University

Contact the Office of Research & Sponsored Programs

Mailing Address:
Modular 4
10501 FGCU Blvd. S.
Fort Myers, FL 33965–6565

Name Title Email Phone
Alexander, Sherry Research Compliance Coordinator (239) 590-7522
Ford, Judi Grant Specialist II (239) 590-7549
Gilmore, Donna Director (239) 590-7582
Jones, Ashley Grant Coordinator II (239) 590-7022
Pollock, Tina Accountant II (239) 590-7323