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

Awards Received Last Quarter

FGCU and FutureMakers Step Out Initiative Collaboratory Dr. Aysegul Timur
Phase 2: Peer Review Panel of the Lake Okeechobee Watershed Restoration ASR Program South Florida Water Management District Dr. Thomas Missimer
WGCU-Radio 2022-2023 (FL Dept. of Ed) Florida Department of Education Corey Lewis
WGCU-TV 2022-2023 (FL Dept. of Ed) Florida Department of Education Corey Lewis
Curiously Connecting the Campus Kern Family Foundation Dr. Lisa Zidek
Limnological assessment of the ponds of Burnt Store Lakes POA (Punta Gorda, FL): Phase III Burnt Store Lakes POA Dr. Serge Thomas
2022 Two for the Trails Athletic Brewing Company, LLC. Troy Bolivar
FGCU Community-Based Workforce to Increase COVID-19 Vaccinations in Underserved Communities Health Planning Council of Southwest Florida, Inc. Cherise Schmitt
A Data-Driven Mathematical Study of West Nile Virus in Lee County, FL Lee County Mosquito Control District Dr. Alberto Condori
Qualitative and Quantitative Detection of Brevetoxins via SERS Society of Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh Dr. Levente Pap
FGCU Pilot Research Project: "On the Table" SWFL Collaboratory Dr. Max Stein
Water School Equipment Grant 2022-2023 Florida Gulf Coast University Foundation Dr. Greg Tolley
Southwest Florida Equitable Jobs Pipeline Economic Development Administration Dr. Amir Borges Ferreira Neto
Phase 2: Metagenomics Characterization and Community Shear-Stress Impact of Epiphytic Periphyton Nutrient Cycling in the STAs South Florida Water Management District Dr. Barry Rosen
Network Influencers Coalition for K-12 Climate Literacy Education Across Florida National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Dr. Jennifer Jones
Tobacco Free Florida AHEC Cessation Program 2023 Gulfcoast South Area Health Education Center
Center (GSAHEC)
Dr. Brenda Hage
FGCU Art Galleries/General Program Support for 2022/2023 Florida Department of State Dr. John Loscuito
Veterans Florida 2023 Veterans Florida Dr. Sandra Kauanui
Teacher Recruitment, Development, Retention (Teacher Quality) 2022-2023 Florida Department of Education Dr. Ann Tilman
Building Wall Mockups for CM Education Collier Building Industry Foundation Kenneth Sands
Civics Teacher Stipends-2022 Florida Department of Education Dr. Shawn Felton


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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

For more information and assistance with RSC, 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 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.

Learn More About SISR

Research Day 2022

Research Day 2022 will take place on Friday, April 22nd. View details on the Eagle X page.

Learn More About Research Day 2022

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 Research Compliance Coordinator (239) 590-7522
Ford, Judi Grant Coordinator I (239) 590-7549
Gilmore, Donna Director (239) 590-7582
Higgins, Rosemary Associate Vice President, Research and Sponsored Programs (239) 590-7021
Leyden, Julie Administrative Assistant II (239) 590-1443
Pannone, Kristen Grant Coordinator II (239) 590-7908
Payne, Nadia Data Management & Analysis Specialist (239) 590-1853
Pollock, Tina Accountant II (239) 590-7323
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