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 UWF, The Innovation University™, 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.


Research at UWF

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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Open Online Course

Cross-Cultural Competency is a free, open online course structured around the concepts of Awareness, Acceptance and Respect. 

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2019 FLVC OER Summit

Faculty, librarians, instructional designers, and higher education administrators will not want to miss the FLVC OER Summit. The summit is designed for attendees to learn how to implement the use of OER at their college or university. Be sure to check out the agenda.

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2019 Nautilus Excellence Award

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. 

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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.

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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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.