Division of Research and Strategic Innovation

Welcome to the Division of Research and Strategic Innovation Where Big Ideas Come to Life.

The Division of Research and Strategic Innovation at the University of West Florida advances the state’s economy and strengthens its workforce by nurturing and applying innovative ideas in funded research, scholarship, business development, strategic partnerships and outreach. Our team of big-thinkers, business experts and storytellers strives to provide solutions that make a lasting, positive impact on the social, economic and technological landscape in the communities we serve.


Featured Research

UWF Research Shows Invasive Lionfish are Moving Into Local Estuaries

The invasive species are not just doing harm in the warm waters of the Gulf. They have also moved into the mouths of local river systems. 

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Division Updates

The Division congratulates its Nautilus Excellence Award winners.These annual awards recognize individuals for substantial contributions and outstanding performance and professionalism affecting operations, service excellence and inter-departmental effectiveness. 

See List of Winners


Research News



At UWF we invest in research and scholarly activities. See how the work of UWF faculty, staff and students affects our communities.

See Research Stories 

Project Spotlight

UWF Gulf Stories


Gulf Stories is a series of free online courses that highlights UWF’s deep connection and engagement with the Gulf of Mexico. 

Visit Gulf Stories Site

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