|Florida Industrial and Phosphate Research Institute
Science and Engineering for Florida's Environment and Economy
This brochure is intended for the general public. An alternate version is intended for researchers, scientists, engineers.
The cover picture above is of the Alafia River. In late 1997 acidic process water from a phosphogypsum stack spilled into the Alafia, causing a massive fish kill and damage to the river's aquatic life and ecosystem. Since then, FIPR has been involved in studying ways to deal with process water and minimize environmental risk.
What is the FIPR Institute?
The Florida Industrial and Phosphate Research Institute (FIPR Institute) was established by Florida law in June 2010. This legislation transformed the Florida Institute of Phosphate Research into a research institute within the University of South Florida Polytechnic. It also broadened the Institute's research program into non-phosphate topics such as energy, and the mining and processing of minerals other than phosphate. However, phosphate-related research will continue to be the focus of the Institute. As of July 1, 2012, the FIPR Institute became part of Florida Polytechnic University. USF has agreed to seamlessly continue all services until Florida Polytechnic University can do so.
Originally, the Florida Institute of Phosphate Research (FIPR) was created in 1978 as a state agency to study phosphate issues that impact Floridas
citizens, environment and economy and to be a phosphate information resource.
Scientists and engineers throughout the world apply
for FIPR Institute grants to conduct phosphate-related studies supporting the mission of the Institute: improving the environment, protecting
public health and increasing mining and processing efficiency. FIPR Institute staff biologists,
engineers and chemists also conduct in-house research.
Independent panels of experts and FIPR Institute research directors
review proposals and make funding recommendations to the Institute's Board
Board members make funding decisions at
public meetings held three times a year. Multi-year projects must be reviewed and approved annually
for continued funding.
The Institute's Board of Directors consists of two phosphate industry representatives and one environmentalist appointed by the Governor of Florida, a regulatory representative appointed by the Secretary of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, and the Chief Executive Officer of the University of South Florida Polytechnic.
The FIPR Institute's phosphate research is funded with a portion of the phosphate severance tax. Non-phosphate related research must be funded through other sources.
Examples of the FIPR Institute's work
The FIPR Institute as an information resource
Integral to the Institute is the sharing of information it generates
A full-service library, open to the public, and part of the USF Library System that
contains the largest collection of phosphate-related information in the
world. The library is also able to access
technical references through extensive on-line resources.
Published final FIPR Institute research reports and those of the former Florida Institute of Phosphate Research, available
free of charge.
Seminars, conferences, and workshops on subjects
pertaining to its research program.
The Institute exists for the citizens of Florida. The
public is welcome to call, visit or contact us by email for more information. Tour our web
site to find out more about our research and programs.
Florida Industrial and Phosphate Research Institute
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1855 W. Main St., Bartow, FL 33830 -- (863) 534-7160