Research & Sponsored Programs

$275 million

Research funding since opening in 1997

Research Enriches

The Student Experience

$15.46 million

Research funding for fiscal year 2020-2021

Awards Received Last Quarter

Preparation for Industrial Careers in Mathematical Sciences Mathematical Association of America Dr.  Alberto Condori
Harmful Algal Bloom Innovative Technology Project: Chemical- Free Harmful Algal Bloom Control Florida Department of Environmental Protection Dr.  Barry Rosen
Florida Department of Education K-12 Civic Literacy Project 2020-2021 Florida Department of Education Dr.  Ann Tilman
CPB-Radio- American Rescue Plan Act Stabilization Grant Corporation for Public Broadcasting Dr.  Corey Lewis
CPB-TV-American Rescue Plan Act Stabilization Grant Corporation for Public Broadcasting Dr.  Corey Lewis
Perceptual integration of luminance, texture and color cues for visual boundary segmentation National Institutes of Health Dr.  Christopher DiMattina
National Park Service Library Internship US Department of the Interior Dr.  Rowan Steineker
Module-Based Substance Use Disorders Training for Behavioral, Medical, and Allied Health Practitioners Governors State University Dr.  Molli Mercer
Nurse Anesthetist Traineeships-2021-2022 Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Dr.  Rosann Spiegel
Eagle Advantage Program Florida Gulf Coast University Foundation Dr.  Suzanne Jones
Water Quality and Treatment Research at the C-43 Mesocosm Site Lee County Board of County Commissioners Dr.  Ashley Danley-Thomson
Evaluation Services of Drug Court Program David Lawrence Mental Health Center, Inc. Dr.  Ann Cary
Sustainable WATERS-(Watershed Education for Resilience in Southwest Florida) National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Dr.  Heather Skaza-Acosta
Focus on Four: Eliminating Summer Slide 2021-2022 Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation Dr.  Elizabeth Elliott
Early Learning Literacy Model Lee County - Schulze 2021-2022 Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation Dr.  Elizabeth Elliott
Early Literacy and Learning Model 2021-2022 Naples Children & Education Foundation Dr.  Vicki Johnston
Bank of America SBDC Student and Small Business Readiness Florida Gulf Coast University Foundation Dr.  Lois Knox

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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 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 will be held via Zoom on Friday, April 16th.
You can view the details on the Eagle X page.

View Research Day 2020 Winners

Research Day

View the list of 2020 winners.

View the Research Day 2020 Program for details.

View Poster Presentation Samples

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
Apostol, Ruxy Administrative Specialist (239) 590-7881
Casey, Jim Interim Associate Vice President (239) 590-7021
Ford, Judi Grant Specialist II (239) 590-7549
Gilmore, Donna Director (239) 590-7582
Payne, Nadia
Data Management & Analysis Specialist (239) 590-1853
Pollock, Tina Accountant II (239) 590-7323
tba Grant Coordinator II    
tba Administrative Assistant II