Strategic Initiatives Articles

Presidential Strategic Initiatives

As part of his goal to enhance UF’s overall student experience and interdisciplinary research impact, UF President Ben Sasse established that, for the first time, $50 million in legislative funding would be directed toward competitively selected strategic projects. To determine the best use of the funds, President Sasse called for ambitious and impactful proposals and received 250 submissions, 40 of which were selected for implementation. Taken together, these projects further fuel UF’s work to provide a learning environment that is both practical and elite and advance some of the most exciting and cutting-edge research opportunities of our time.

Dynamic Doppelganger: Developing Florida’s Digital Twin

University of Florida researchers are virtually replicating Jacksonville to build solutions to tomorrow's problems.

UF/IFAS Extension to upgrade technology infrastructure thanks to UF’s strategic funding

The state-of-the-art business intelligence software systems will use artificial intelligence to collect, store and analyze data produced by Extension agents and programs

Advancing the field of industrialized construction engineering

UF construction and engineering experts will apply tools like artificial intelligence and robotic automation to transform the way we design and build 

UF to launch Space Mission Institute

With $2.5 million in strategic funding, UF will create a research hub where experts from across campus can work together to advance space exploration, development and commercialization

UF announces strategic sports initiative

The UF & Sport Collaborative is a multi-faceted initiative that will propel the university to the global stage in sports performance, health care, and communications.

President’s office announces $10.2 million for fourth round of strategic funding awardees

A space institute designed to expand exploration of the cosmos, a project to improve construction through robotic automation and AI, an initiative to propel the university to global prominence in sports performance, and an effort to improve agriculture and environmental sustainability are among four new initiatives receiving strategic funding at the University of Florida.

Strategic funding supports Digital Humanities Lab

The Digital Humanities Lab at the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will create a physical and virtual hub for humanities researchers who work with big data, augmented reality, and digital storytelling tools

McKnight Brain Institute to accelerate stroke research

New project supported by UF strategic initiative funding will combine basic and clinical research with artificial intelligence to improve stroke treatments

Building a team of software engineers to help power UF’s research engine

UF strategic investment will advance research software engineering and enable leading-edge data modeling

Transforming K-12 mathematics learning statewide, Accelerating undergraduate research

Two projects taking shape in the College of Education will help 'change the way teach and learn in Florida.'

UF Health Cancer Center to launch mammography unit in North Central Florida

A grant from the UF president's strategic funding initiative supports breast cancer screening services where access is limited

President’s office announces $10.9 million for third round of strategic funding awardees

A program for enhancing access to cancer screenings, a center for advancing cell and gene therapies, an AI-augmented learning platform for mathematics, and a digital humanities lab are among 10 new projects receiving strategic funding at the University of Florida, President Ben Sasse announced.

UF engineering researchers lead collaboration to improve student experience through AI

Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering researchers receive a strategic funding award for a project called Leveraging the Power of Large Language Models. 

Advancing patient care in Jacksonville

The College of Medicine - Jacksonville receives special UF funding to help establish the Center for Convening Transformative Care

New funding will foster opportunities to showcase UF's premier arts program

Two projects led by the College of the Arts received awards totaling just over $1 million in the latest round of strategic funding projects from the University of Florida President’s Office.