NSU Center for Collaborative Research

Broward County will soon have a focal point for research and discoveries that will one day impact all of humanity.

Nova Southeastern University (NSU) is building a revolutionary Center for Collaborative Research (CCR), that will house one of Florida’s largest wet labs, the NSU Technology Incubator and some of the world’s most accomplished researchers.

Located on NSU’s main campus in Davie, Fla., the 215,000 sq.-ft.-facility will cost approximately $80 million to construct and equip. NSU, the largest, not-for-profit, private university in Florida, is funding the center using a combination of its own reserves and tax-exempt financing. Construction is expected to be completed in 2016.

NSU is classified as a research university with “high research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. With hundreds of research projects are currently underway at NSU, including studies on cardiovascular disease, anti-cancer therapies, chronic fatigue syndrome, autism, coral reef restoration, stem cells and wildlife DNA forensics, among other subjects.

Highlights

The CCR will provide wet labs for many of NSU’s innovative researchers, as well as a General Clinical Research Center, which is an outpatient facility with a centralized clinical research infrastructure for investigators in multiple disciplines.

The center will also house NSU’s Cell Therapy Institute, the Institute for Neuro-Immune Medicine; Rumbaugh-Goodwin Institute for Cancer Research; the Emil Buehler Research Center for Engineering, Science and Mathematics; and Broward County’s only private incubator for information security businesses.

The CCR will be connected to Florida LambdaRail, an ultra-high-speed broadband network that links the state’s higher education institutions. The network provides a medium that fosters collaboration and partnerships in support of scientific research, education and 21st century economy initiatives.

Following a long standing relationship between NSU and the United States Geological Survey (USGS), including USGS’s current location on NSU’s main campus, it is intended that USGS will occupy the entire first floor of the CCR. The USGS and NSU will partner on collaborative inter-disciplinary research involving greater Everglades restoration efforts, hydrology and water resources, and more.