The Office of Research and Innovation houses several local, state, and federally grant funded projects for training and research. One of the projects includes a NIEHS supported training program in IDEP for those individuals involved in ports, oil rigs, and law enforcement jurisdiction.

In addition, the Office of Research and Innovation (ORI) has other projects also listed below.

The Institute for Disaster and Emergency Preparedness, or IDEP, received funding from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) to provide training under their Hazardous Waste Worker Training Program. With the funding from NIEHS, IDEP has brought together a number of partners to provide hazardous materials/hazardous waste health and safety training to individuals associated with the maritime industry. The result of these partnerships is Project SEAMIST (Southeast Area Maritime Industry Safety Training). IDEP is working with maritime industry and law enforcement representatives in Florida, Louisiana, and Virginia to bring this training to individuals in those states.

Target student populations:

Project SEAMIST will provide three levels of training: