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

December 2014 awards

12/04/2014 Dr. Gregory D. Cook, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, received $293,134 from the Florida Department of State - Bureau of Historic Preservation - Division of Historical Resources for the project Exploring Luna's 1559 Fleet. Excavation of the Emanuel Point II shipwreck and its associated archival research effort will help us answer the many anthropological and historical questions that have arisen since the initial discovery of the first Emanuel Point Ship in 1992. Our proposed work will bring to light the story of Pensacola’s founding in 1559, provide details of life and death in the colony, contribute to our understanding of 16th-century ship construction, and reveal the history of the original eleven-vessel fleet. Analysis of the ship’s artifacts combined with a study of the historical documents associated with the 1559 Spanish Colonization attempt will enable us to answer questions about 16th-century lifeways. In addition to studies of material culture and diet, we can look clues that define the ethnicity of the sailors and colonists and examine artifacts and artifact placement that may identify status and gender. The documents will define the social relationships that existed between Spain and Mexico and between the colonists, soldiers, and sailors. Ultimately, the Emanuel Point II ship should provide many opportunities to explore and illuminate the early Spanish colonial era in the New World. Contact Dr. Cook at 850-474-3015 or for more information.

12/08/2014 Dr. Jason T. Ortegren, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies, received $24,000 from the Florida Department of Health for the new project Environmental Public Health Tracking. The Florida DOH Bureau of Epidemiology, Environmental Public Health Tracking (EPHT) Program seeks to better understand the relationship between extreme weather events and adverse health outcomes. This project will use the HIA Framework developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and posted at It is anticipated that UWF will analyze environmental data and produce GIS maps of the extent of the flooding during an extreme event in early 2014 in Escambia County. DOH will be responsible for providing aggregated health outcome data. Contact Dr. Ortegren at 850-474-2491 or for more information.

12/12/2014 Mr. Kelly Massey, Director of Small Business Development Center - UWF, received $404,914 from the US Small Business Administration for the new project Florida Small Business Development Center Network 2015 - UWF Center. Contact Mr. Massey at 850-474-2567 or for more information.

12/12/2014 Mr. Michael Myhre, Director of Florida SBDC State Director's Office Network, received $5,989,021 from the US Small Business Administration for the new project Florida Small Business Development Center Network 2015. Contact Mr. Myhre at 850-473-7802 or for more information.

12/17/2014 Dr. Robert A. Markowitz, Research Associate in Teacher Education and Educational Leadership, received $89,504 from the US Department of Education for the new project Technical Assistance and Training (TATS) Coordinator 2014-2015. UWF will cooperate with Dr. Anne Culp of UCF and other parties as designated by Dr. Culp in order that the TATS Coordinator can successfully perform the scope of work of regional facilitator as detailed in UCF's proposal to the Florida Department of Education. UWF will contribute to the mission of TATS by facilitating, coordinating and implementing technical assistance with the local school district Pre-K Coordinators. The technical assistance delivered will be based on the needs identified by districts and/or FDOE. Contact Dr. Markowitz at 850-474-2158 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.