Your business can benefit from the R&D and innovation happening across the region.  Take advantage of high-end facilities, business relationships, commercialization opportunities, and the collaborative minds that call Northwest Florida home.

Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) Munitions Directorate at Eglin AFB is a global leader in advancing weapons science and technology. It conducts all R&D for all air-delivered munitions for the Air Force and is focused on the weapon’s capability to operate with complete autonomy and with high accuracy in all weather conditions, day or night, using long- or short-range delivery tactics.


Andrews Institute (Gulf Breeze) is a world-class institute for orthopedics and sports medicine focused on providing the best medical care for the musculoskeletal system, using the latest innovative clinical and surgical technologies, and to improve patient care through research and education. Elite athletes like Robert Griffin, Rob Gronkowksi and Lyndsey Vonn have all come to the Andrews Institute for care.


DefenseWerx is a facilitator, counselor, and connector that enables creative and integrated solutions for DoD customers, such as tech transfer, innovation/collaboration and workforce development.


Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC) (Pensacola) pioneers technologies aimed at leveraging and extending human capabilities, such as robotics, exoskeletons, cybersecurity, augmentics and more. Research partners include DARPA, NSF, NASA, the military, and many private sector businesses, such as IBM, Boeing, Microsoft and Lockheed Martin.


McKinley Climatic Lab at Eglin AFB has several chambers, one of which is the largest environmental chamber in the world, that can simulate any climatic environment – extreme heat, cold, sand, dust, rain, sun, wind.  DoD, other govt agencies, and private industry have utilized the facility for testing large aircraft, tanks, missile launchers, engines, auto and tire manufacturers and more.


Naval Surface Warfare Center in Panama City is one of the major research, development, test and evaluation laboratories in the U.S. Navy and boasts a wide base of expertise in engineering and scientific disciplines. In 2017, the command employed more than 1,400 civilian employees of which over 800 were scientists and engineers.  It is a technical center of excellence for littoral warfare and coastal defense.


North Florida Research & Education Center - Marianna is a 1300 acre campus that focuses on agronomic and beef cattle research and education. It houses the Feed Efficiency program that is the largest of its kind researching subtropical cattle. The beef cattle research program deals with beef cattle production, genetics and breeding; and is the home of the Florida Bull Test facility. Another important component of this campus is the breeding and production programs in annual peanuts, bahia grass, perennial peanut and winter forages. This campus also houses a scale trial of the Sod Based Rotation program which addresses conservation agriculture in a rotation that incorporates peanuts, cotton and pasture with or without cattle.


Sea3D, part of the UWF Haas Center, serves as a hub for multidisciplinary research, invention and discovery in the high-demand field of additive manufacturing, providing a space for real-world problems to be transformed into creative solutions.


University of Florida Research & Engineering Education Facility (UF REEF) is located adjacent to Eglin AFB and supports the Eglin community and Air Force research needs. It also offers courses that lead to degrees in mechanical, aerospace, electrical and computer, industrial and systems engineering.




Florida’s Great Northwest is here to provide you the practical, on-the-ground resources and support you need for your business location/expansion project. From incentives to site selection to workforce development, we’ve got the expertise and connections to help your business be even more competitive with a Northwest Florida location.

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