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Public Health Research

Biomedical Research Section

FY 2016-2017 Zika Research Initiative Funding Opportunity Announcement

Press Release: Gov. Scott Authorizes $25 Million in State Funds for Zika Virus Vaccine Research and Development

The Florida Department of Health is preparing to release a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) in response to Governor Scott's authorization of $25 million for Zika research.  We encourage you to inform researchers at your institution about this this new opportunity and watch for emails with further information in the near future.  The focus of this research grant funding is noted in the press release linked above.  If you have any questions, please send them to

The Unit administers the following programs and initiatives:

Grant funding programs for research involving Cancer, Tobacco-related diseases, and Alzheimer's disease.

The Human Research Protection Program, including a committee called an Institutional Review Board that ensures research is ethical and that participants in all research at the Department of Health are protected.

Cancer Center of Excellence Award  is a program created in the 2013 Session intended to improve the quality of cancer care by recognizing hospitals, treatment centers, and other providers in this state which demonstrate excellence in patient-centered coordinated care for persons undergoing cancer treatment and therapy in this state.

The Florida System for Cancer Research and Collaboration , an initiative designed to develop a premier research network in Florida, make Florida the designation for cancer care, and integrate public health and private sector cancer prevention efforts.