While its main focus is Florida, the southeastern United States and the Caribbean, the Florida Museum’s many research projects span the globe.

Museum researchers brought in more than $8.3 million in new grants and contracts in 2015-2016 to support field and laboratory research, collections and education ranging from pre-K to the postdoctoral level. These projects support and educate students from the University of Florida and around the world, as part of our commitment to train the next generation of scientists.

The Museum also continued the largest grant in its more-than-100-year history: $10 million over five years from the National Science Foundation to improve access to the nation’s biological collections. The Museum is leading the Advancing Digitization of Biological Collections initiative with the UF College of Engineering and Florida State University. The award established iDigBio, a national center for digitization at the Museum and UF.