Institutes & Centers

UWF is home to a variety of institutes and centers. Institutes and centers actively engage in mutually beneficial partnerships on a wide range of projects, programs and initiatives.


UWF’s Institutes & Centers

The Archaeology Institute is an educational, research, and service facility that serves Northwest Florida through its academic and extensive public outreach programs and also by providing professional archaeological services and consulting for historic preservation and cultural resource management.

The Center for Environmental Diagnostics and Bioremediation works with affiliated academic departments and external organizations to enrich the research, teaching, and service functions of UWF. The Center engages in basic and applied research pertinent to the assessment and improvement of environmental health in the communities UWF serves.

The Center for Applied Psychology conducts research, provides consulting and training, and develops future scholars and leaders. The Center provides guidance related to applied psychology and related educational, health, and organizational issues.

The Center on Aging aims to improve the quality of life of aging adults through the application of science to address challenges associated with aging and to promote healthy aging, with an emphasis on prevention. Primary objectives include providing education and training, direct services to the aging population, and public awareness and understanding of the contributions and needs of elders.

The Community Outreach Research and Learning Center is devoted to performing high-quality research and evaluation studies. One aspect of the Center's purpose is to serve the specific needs of community-based organizations in the Emerald Coast region.

The Florida-China Linkage Institute's purpose is to assist in the development of stronger economic, cultural, educational, and social ties between Florida and China by promoting expanded research, technical assistance activities, student and faculty exchanges, and enhancement of language training skills in postsecondary institutions in Florida and China.

The Florida-Japan Linkage Institute works toward strengthening mutual understanding and cooperation between Florida and Japan by promoting educational, cultural, and economic relations. The institute also focuses on enhancing language-training skills in postsecondary institutions in Florida and Japan.

The Florida Small Business Development Center Network is Florida's principal provider of business assistance. The network helps businesses start, grow, and succeed. Partners include postsecondary institutions; federal, state, and local governments; and private organizations, with core funding provided by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

The Haas Center for Business Research and Economic Development is a research and consulting arm of UWF that engages in applied research and strategy development in economics and the social sciences. The Center has played a prominent role in economic development efforts across Northwest Florida and the state for two decades.

The Institute for Innovative Community Learning supports community learning through partnerships that promote student achievement, professional growth of educators, and parental involvement. Partners include parents, schools, and other community organizations. Projects are focused on the use of innovative solutions for complex educational challenges.

The Florida Small Business Development Center at UWF provides entrepreneurs with high-quality consulting, management training, and vital information they need to grow and prosper. The Center has helped prospective and existing small business owners form, grow, and sustain successful businesses for more than 30 years.

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