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As South Florida’s only public research university, our drive to make our world a better place has earned us a distinction few other universities can match:

R1 Carnegie Very High Research Designation, the top-tier category for doctoral research universities.

Research by the numbers

  • $237M

    in research expenditures

  • 107

    inventions disclosure last year

  • 63

    U.S. Utility Patents for last year

Research pillars

  • Professor Steve Oberbauer and Arctic Observatory Network team member Matthew Simon ('17) take the first readings of the team's summer's phenology study at Toolik Field Station on the north slope of the Brooks Range, Alaska.

    Environmental Resilience

    FIU has a long history of environmentally focused programs conducting relevant research in service of conservation, management and the well-being of people and nature.

  • Neighborhood HELP conducting visits throughout Miami


    FIU’s excellence in health-related fields extends from research to practice. The university has made a real commitment to the local community and beyond.

  • US Army ROTC Cadet Madison Zerfas from the University of North Dakota uses a steam iron to develop latent prints with ninhydrin on paper during the culmination exercises of the NFSTC@FIU 2018 Biometrics Internship.


    Combined with the university’s history of engagement and expertise in Latin America and the Caribbean, FIU’s Global Forensics and Justice Center is perhaps the world’s most comprehensive of its kind.

  • FIU students in STEM Active Learning Classroom


    Ranked No. 2 in innovation by U.S. News & World Report, FIU is already recognized as one of the country’s most innovative universities.

Insatiable curiosity drives us

  • An FIU student with Dr. Jung showing the neural-enabled prosthetic hand grabbing grapes.

    Neural-Enabled Prosthetic Hand

    FIU was awarded a $6 million grant by the Department of Defense (DOD) to expand testing of their pioneering prosthetic hand system – which allows amputees to "feel" again – to military veterans and other amputees.

  • The underwater research lab, Aquarius just outside Key Largo, FL

    Aquarius Reef Base

    FIU is working to preserve vital ecosystems from the world’s only underwater research laboratory. To date, Aquarius has secured more than $15 million in research funding, established the world’s deepest coral nursery and investigated sharks’ impact on coral reefs — helping FIU to reach R1 research status.

  • FIU’s 14-foot-high, 12-fan hurricane simulator located on our Engineering location.

    Wall of Wind

    FIU’s 14-foot-high, 12-fan hurricane simulator recreates the power of 157 mph winds. Cutting edge research at the Wall of Wind is helping inform building standards, foster new technologies and increase the resilience of our buildings, lifelines and infrastructure systems.

  • David Kadko, FIU, Chief Scientist, Geotraces Summer 2015 Arctic Expedition, onboard the US Coast Guard research icebreaker Healy, Dutch Harbor, Alaska

    Arctic Ocean Research

    FIU researchers are taking "fingerprints" of the Arctic Ocean to better predict the trajectory of changes to the area’s geochemistry. The National Science Foundation (NSF) invested approximately $20 million in the U.S. Arctic GEOTRACES expedition where FIU is conducting this research.

  • photo of the center for translation science in port st. lucie, florida

    Center for Translational Science

    The Center for Translational Science (CTS) is part of a complex in Port St. Lucie, Florida. A two-hour drive from the university’s main campus, the CTS serves as a natural extension of FIU’s research prowess, and presents an opportunity to work in support of scientific advances to make a difference in patients’ lives.

  • An FIU student holding an origami antenna

    Origami Antennas

    The Air Force Office of Scientific Research awarded FIU close to $10 million to expand its groundbreaking research on origami antennas. FIU professor Stavros Georgakopoulos is enhancing the agility of warfighters in the battlefield and their satellite communications with the development of his advanced origami-based antenna.

Raising the bar

A Preeminent Program at FIU is defined as a collaborative endeavor that demonstrates extraordinary success in providing unique learning opportunities, pioneering research and engagement for our students.

These programs add value and prestige to FIU through their cutting edge contributions to research. Browse our selection of programs to see how you can become a part of the change in the world.

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Center for Children and Families

The Center for Children and Families is a nationally recognized, interdisciplinary clinical research center committed to improving the lives of children and families struggling with mental health concerns.

Someone climbing through rubble in a war torn city.

Extreme Events Institute

The Extreme Events Institute (EEI) has become a globally involved center for research, education, and training in natural hazards and disaster risk management.

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Global Forensic and Justice Center

The Global Forensic and Justice Center brings together four programs that establish FIU’s deep expertise in the arenas of forensic science, forensic services and justice administration.

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Institute for Resilient and Sustainable Coastal Infrastructure

The Institute for Resilient and Sustainable Coastal Infrastructure (InteRaCt) identifies engineering solutions for challenges faced by aging infrastructure and develops innovative and economical technologies for the creation of resilient and sustainable communities.

A diver diving to the Medina Aquarius Reef base in Key Largo, FL

Institute of Environment

The Institute of Environment brings together one of the largest groups of faculty and students associated with environmental science in the United States.

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STEM Transformation Institute

The STEM Transformation Institute is dedicated to advancing educational research, practice and policy that facilitates educational change across the k20 educational landscape.

Research facilities

From the Everglades in South Florida to the Arctic Ocean at the North Pole, FIU researchers are using real innovation to make a real difference. We have more than 30 state-of-the-art research facilities and recharge centers that provide access to high end instruments, cutting edge technologies and services.

Learn more about our research facilities

Supporting women in STEM

FIU is committed to fostering diversity and inclusion through various
programs and initiatives like those of the FIU Knight Foundation School
of Computing and Information Science that help propel women and
underrepresented communities into technology degrees, careers and
leadership positions:

  • The Gender Equality in Tech (GET) Cities Initiative
  • The Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) Ambassador Program
  • The National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME)

Explore how FIU supports and defines diversity.

Our students make local and global impact

It's not just faculty performing research, explore how our students have recently made valuable contributions to science, environmental resilience, forensics and more. 

Andrea Ramirez-Torres

Andrea Ramirez-Torres

Andrea's research lead her to create an innovative alternative method to identify suspects of sexual assault.

Tametayo "Tayo" Olowu

Tametayo "Tayo" Olowu

Tametayo has led many projects with FPL, and holds a patent for interconnection of energy resources

Christian Sanchez

Christian Sanchez

Christians' research focuses on insecticide resistance, with a focus on mosquitos that transmit Zika and Malaria.

Morgan Fatowe

Morgan Fatowe

At just 21 years old, Morgan has already conducted groundbreaking research that’s been published in a top academic journal.

Our researchers frequently appear on the Discovery Channel’s Shark Week!

Our scientists are also leading the international GLOBAL FINPRINT, A MULTI- MILLION DOLLAR INITIATIVE that will fill a critical information gap about the diminishing number of sharks and rays.

Off the coast of Thailand, marine scientist Mark Bond examines the underside markings of a manta ray to determine species and sex.

We lead institutions from the U.S. to Australia conducting surveys that will improve our understanding of how sharks and rays influence coral reef ecosystems and how humans impact these species and their habitats.

Meet the people behind the work

Our researchers take on the toughest problems of our time to create marketable solutions. Half a century, 300+ patents and more than $2 billion in awards later, we're just getting started.

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Michael Heithaus
Executive Dean, College of Arts, Sciences & Education

Global FinPrint

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Tomas Guilarte
Dean, Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work

Brain, Behavior, and the Environment

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Richard Olson
Director, Extreme Events Research

Storm Surge Risk Mapping

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Todd Crowl
Director, Institute of Environment

CREST Center for Aquatic Chemistry and Environment