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8:15 am – 9:15 am Tour of College of Aviation Labs and Facilities (meet in College atrium)
8:30 am – 9:00 am The MicaPlex Tour
9:00 am – 9:45 am Registration (name tags) and Breakfast
9:45 am – 10:15 am Welcome and Attendee Introductions - Karin Scarpinato (FAU) and Mike Hickey (ERAU)
10:15 am – 11:15 am SESSION 1: “Florida Dept. of Health Consortium Grants Presentation” – Bonnie Gaughan-Bailey (FLDOH)
11:15 am – 12:15 pm SESSION 2: “Overview of NSF CMMI Priorities and Collaborative Funding” – NSF Program Director, Dr. Steven Schmid
12:15 pm – 2:00 pm WORKING LUNCH: Presentations on “Identification of Niche Research Areas for State-Wide Collaboration – Criteria and Next Steps” and on “Facilitating Internal and Multi-Disciplinary State-Wide Collaborations” – Karin Scarpinato (FAU) and Tristan Fiedler (FIT)
NOTE: Presentations will begin at 12:30 pm
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm SESSION 3: “Indirect Cost Rates: Why They Matter And Why Research Development Professionals Should Care” – Rick Tysor (Stetson)
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm SESSION 4: Panel Presentation “Internal Efforts to Increase Successful Research Applications (internal awards/incentives)” – Beth Hodges (FSU), Joshua Roney/Marisol Ortega-Perez (UCF), Katy Hendry (UWF)
4:00 pm – 4:15 pm Closing – Beth Hodges (FSU)
4:30 pm – 5:00 pm Embry-Riddle Observatory Tour

Tour Information

8:30-9 a.m. Tour of the John Mica Engineering and Aerospace Innovation Complex (MicaPlex)
  • Known as the MicaPlex, this cornerstone building of the Research Park at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University houses collaborative workspaces, a wide range of laboratories and business support services collocated to ensure that technology-focused startups will have every advantage for success. The first building phase also includes a large wind tunnel and test facility with cutting-edge instrumentation. Named for former U.S. Representative John Mica (R-Florida) in honor of his key role in supporting the university’s educational and research endeavors, it is strategically located in Central Florida’s “Convergence Zone” of innovation and discovery. This collaborative atmosphere is designed for incubating new technologies across 10,000 square feet of flex lease space to meet tenants’ needs. For more information, go to
8:15-9:15 a.m. Tour of the College of Aviation Labs and Facilities
  • The tour will provide our guests with an overview of the College of Aviation. Tour participants will visit the Advanced Flight Simulation Center where they will learn more about how the college uses technology for research as well as to train our students who are pursuing Aeronautical Science and UAS degrees. Guests will then tour the Flight Department and get an overview of its operations. The tour will conclude with a visit to the College of Aviation building and its various labs.

4:30 p.m. Tour of the Embry-Riddle Observatory
  • The Embry–Riddle Observatory is an astronomical observatory owned and operated by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach. Hosting an array of optical instruments, this observatory is situated on the roof of the College of Arts and Sciences building in Daytona Beach, Florida.