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

July 2014 awards

07/15/2014 Dr. Pat J. Wentz, Director of SACS CASI Florida Council, received $83,338 from the Florida Committee on Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Secondary and Middle Schools to renew the project FCSACS Secondary and Middle Schools Support Services. The University of West Florida operates the administrative office of the Florida Secondary and Middle School Committee to provide the services of a statewide director for the Committee and to provide administrative support for the director and the Committee's activities. Contact Dr. Wentz at 850-474-2801 or for more information.

07/25/2014 Dr. Kathleen M. Heubach, Associate Professor in the School of Education and Director of the Institute for Innovative Community Learning (ICL), received $320,000 from the US Department of Education for the new project Santa Rosa Title I Mentoring 2014-2015. UWF will provide student research assistants to conduct early reading intervention tutoring, mentoring, and research activities in Title 1 schools in Santa Rosa County School District. Contact Dr. Heubach at 850-474-2858 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

Undergraduate Research Award Applications Now Available

The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) provides supports for undergraduate scholarly activities across all disciplines at the University. OUR offers two types of awards: Student Project Awards and Travel Awards. These awards are intended to foster research partnerships between faculty and UWF's most promising undergraduate students.

OUR Student Project Award Application and OUR Travel Award Application forms are now available. There are two deadlines for project awards: August 27 and September 15.  Travel awards are accepted at any time, but should be submitted at least two months prior to the travel date.  Please submit completed applications electronically to or deliver a hardcopy to Building 11, Room 110.

UWF IRB Introduces New Online Submission System

The UWF Institutional Review Board (IRB) for Human Research Participants Protection is pleased to introduce the newest version of the electronic IRB application.

With this new system, researchers can:

  • complete initial IRB applications electronically,
  • save work in progress, and
  • monitor the status of currently approved protocols.

Read Electronic IRB Application Help Sheet (PDF) for instructions and tips for using this new system.