Research & Sponsored Programs

Welcome to UWF Research and Sponsored Programs!

Faculty at the University of West Florida are active scholars and researchers. UWF values research because it enriches the learning environment of our students, provides solutions to problems in our region, and contributes to the well-being of our community.

Current Awards

February 2015 awards

02/03/2015 Dr. Pamela T. Northrup, Associate Provost and Executive Director of the Innovation Institute, received $350,000 from Enterprise Florida Inc. for the new project From Workforce Analysis to Program Completion: Implementing Information Technology Programs that Meet Employers' Needs. This project is intended to narrow the workforce gap between employer demands for Information Technology (IT) and cybersecurity competencies and the supply of potential employees possessing such competencies in Florida. The project aims to leverage current and preexisting University of West Florida (UWF) faculty, staff and related assets by utilizing the data, research, and analytical capabilities of the UWF Haas Center and the capacity of the UWF Innovation Institute to develop and deliver relevant career technical education online via the Complete Florida program. Contact Dr. Northrup at 850-474-3255 or for more information.

02/05/2015 Dr. Philip C. Darby, Professor in Biology, received an additional $100,000 from the US Army Corps of Engineers for the project Florida Apple Snail (Pomacea paludosa) Monitoring. The emphasis of this proposal is to collect and analyze data in order to identify conditions that favor apple snail recruitment (especially egg production) and to show status and trends in apple snail density. The study also emphasizes not just reproduction (egg laying/hatching) but also juvenile growth and survival in the Water Conservation Area 3A in Broward and Dade counties. Apple snail populations respond relatively quickly (< 1 yr) to changes in hydrology, and this has been associated with changes in recruitment rates (Darby et al. 2004a, Darby et al. 2005, Darby et al. 2009) that effect snail density the following year. Through field sampling, as well as analyses of currently available data from Darby et al. (and some historic reports that include snail density. Contact Dr. Darby at 850-474-2647 or for more information.

02/16/2015 Dr. Phyllis K. Pooley, Co=Director of the Haas Center for Business Research and Economic Development, received $12,500 from the Town of Century, FL for the new project Feasibility Study for Hotel/Motel Development in Century, FL. Contact Dr. Pooley at 850-439-5415 or for more information.

02/19/2015 Mr. John Barksdale, Skylab Manager of University Libraries, received $8,866 from the Panhandle Library Network, Inc. for the new project Panhandle Library Network Innovation Grant. This project will purchase a specialized scanner for student use in the Library's Skylab. Contact Mr. Barksdale at 850-857-6230 or for more information.

Award Archive

UWF chemistry faculty receive $930k National Institute of Health Grant

Research Spotlight

UWF chemistry faculty receive $930k National Institute of Health Grant

The University of West Florida was recently selected to receive a National Institute of Health (NIH) grant totaling approximately $930,000, thanks to the efforts of Dr. Karen Molek, assistant professor and director of Chemistry Scholars, and Dr. Michael Huggins, professor and interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. The award money will be distributed over the next five years.

UWF was awarded the Maximizing Access to Research Career Programs through Undergraduate Student Training in Academic Research, or MARC U-STAR, grant to provide support for underrepresented undergraduate students pursuing PhD or MD/PhD degrees in the biomedical and behavioral sciences. Learn more

New Director of Undergraduate Research

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs is happy to announce that Dr. Allison Beauregard Schwartz is joining the UWF community as Director of the Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR).  As a Professor of Earth Sciences and Director of the Mattie M. Kelly Cultural and Environmental Institute at Northwest Florida State College, Dr. Schwartz excelled in mentoring undergraduate students in research activities and promoting the integration of research into undergraduate curriculum.  Dr. Schwartz will begin her work as Director of UWF's OUR in January 2015.  

UWF's Office of Undergraduate Research facilitates collaboration between students and faculty through funding and administrative support of undergraduate scholarly work. 

Spring Student Research Award Competitions

Two competitions will be held during Spring 2015 for student research project awards.

The Office of Undergraduate Research will be accepting applications for its Student Project Award competition until 5:00 PM CST, Thursday, February 5, 2015. Applications are available online and must be completed by both the undergraduate student and a faculty mentor.

The Scholarly and Creative Activities Committee (SCAC) will host a competition for Graduate Student Scholarly and Creative Activity Grants. Guidelines for this competition will be available online and applications will be due by 5:00 PM CST on Friday, February 6, 2015.