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.


2010 Oil Spill Response and Recovery 

In the wake of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, University of West Florida researchers joined two of eight research consortia charged with investigating the fate of petroleum in the environment, impacts of the spill and development of new tools and technology for responding to future spills and improving mitigation and restoration over the course of 10 years.

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UWF Innovation Campus Network

UWF President Martha Saunders makes announcement of big plans for the future of the University and Northwest Florida. Watch video and find out more.

Hurricane Irma Response 

In an effort to assist small businesses recover from Hurricane Irma, the Florida SBDC Network dispatched two mobile assistance centers (MACs) to communities impacted by the disaster. The MACs are equipped with tools and resources needed to deal with post-disaster challenges and provide no-cost consulting for affected businesses wanting to apply for state and federal disaster loans.  


Featured Research

Nursing, Training, College of Health

UWF Departments Provide Awareness Education for Local Registered Nurses

Six registered nurses, all of whom are part of Baptist Hospital nursing residents program that is for nurses with less than one year’s experience on the job, attended the seminar.

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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

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Division's Retreat

The Division of Research and Strategic Innovation held its first retreat Oct. 16 at the University of West Florida Conference Center in Pensacola. Division staff members from Tallahassee and Gainesville joined Pensacola-based team members via teleconferencing service for the one-day event. Pictured: Division of Research and Strategic Innovation Pensacola staff. Photo by Michael Spooneybarger. 

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Research News



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

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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. 

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