Points of Pride
Research & Innovation
- USF is one of 49 public research universities nationwide classified as both a Doctoral
University with "Highest Research Activity" and as a "Community Engaged" institution
by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
- USF is one of only four Florida public universities classified by the Carnegie Foundation
for the Advancement of Teaching in the Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity
category, a distinction attained by only 2.5 percent of all universities.
- USF ranks 28th in the nation among public universities, for total research expenditures
by the National Science Foundation (2015).
- USF ranks 45th in the U.S. for total research expenditures, among all U.S. universities, public or private, by the National Science Foundation (2015).
This places USF in the top 7% among the 640 universities ranked (FY2015, most recent
- USF ranks 1st in Florida, 5th in the nation among public universities and 11th world-wide
for granted U.S. patents among all universities according to the Intellectual Property
Owners Association/NAI (2016), and has ranked in the Top 10 among public universities
for U.S. patents granted for the past seven years (2010-2016).
- USF is designated by the Association for Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU)
as an Innovation & Economic Prosperity University, one of only 55 in the nation.
- USF was awarded a record $458.5 million in research contracts and grants in fiscal
year 2016. According to the National Institutes of Health, every $1.00 in research
funding brings in $2.21 in local economic growth. In FY2016, USF's $458.5 million
research funding alone supported more than 5,900 jobs and generated over $1 billion in local economic growth.
- USF's innovation and economic development efforts generate more than $400 million
in statewide impact each year, sustain more than 3,000 jobs and return more than $52
million in tax revenue to local, state and federal coffers, according to a 2016 analysis
from the Washington Economics Group, a leading national firm. Some 80% of the jobs
created by USF innovation statewide are in the Knowledge-Based Services Sector.
- In 2017, USF had a record-breaking 125 new patents, along with 122 license/options
and 10 new startup companies.
- USF was ranked #19 among the "Best Universities for Technology Transfer, 2017" by
the prestigious Milken Institute.
- USF's Tampa Bay Technology Incubator is currently home to more than 70 resident and
affiliate companies and growing. Its current companies have created 207 jobs and received
more than $91 million in total funding. It is the only tech business incubator in
the region to support bio and life science companies with state-of-the-art wet labs.
Over 55% of TBTI companies focus on bio & life sciences and nearly 50% are commercializing
technologies developed by USF researchers.
- USF has a robust new product pipeline with 67 products on the market; 12 USF technologies
in human clinical trials, 9 in Phase II; and 36 products at preclinical, development
and prototype stage.
- USF's Student Innovation Incubator has supported 84 student-led companies, including
24 companies in the FY2017 cohort. It was launched in 2013 at the request of students
eager to start their own companies.
- 119 USF students were supported by grants awarded in 2017 by the Florida High Tech
Corridor Council Matching Grants Program, working on research projects with companies
and faculty in labs, internships, etc., in disciplines ranging from medicine, electrical
engineering, pharmacy, and business, to chemistry, computer science, mechanical engineering,
clean energy, and more.
- USF has been designated by the National Science Foundation as an Innovation Corps
(I-Corps) Site, one of 86 Sites nationally and only the second one in Florida. As
an I-Corps Site, USF develops potential I-Corps Team projects and provides an entrepreneurial
program for faculty and graduate student teams to complete together to assess their
business potential. USF's 6-week "boot camp" gives Teams real-world, hands-on experience
to turn knowledge into products and companies. As of July 2017, 76 teams have trained
at the USF I-Corps Site through courses and boot camp.
- Over the past three years, 25 USF I-Corps teams were selected to participate in the
national NSF I-Corps program, placing USF at 1st in Florida and 3rd in the nation
for the most national teams. In 2016 alone, eight USF I-Corps teams were selected
to participate in the national NSF I-Corps program.
- USF is the founder and home of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) (AcademyofInventors.org), a non-profit member organization with over 4,000 individual inventor members and
Fellows spanning more than 250 U.S. universities, and governmental and non-profit
research institutes. The NAI's nationally recognized Fellows program has more than
750 elected Fellows, including Nobel Laureates, U.S. National Medal of Technology
& Innovation and National Medal of Science recipients and National Inventors Hall
of Fame inductees. USF has 18 NAI Fellows. The USF Chapter of the NAI has over 400
USF faculty, staff, students and alumni members, who collectively hold more than 2,300
- The Florida Inventors Hall of Fame (FloridaInvents.org) was founded at USF in 2013. As of 2017, 28 outstanding Florida inventors have been
elected, including five from USF and 13 from other SUS institutions.
- In accordance with the mission of bringing together private entrepreneurs and university researchers to foster collaboration and innovation, nearly 1,500 people work or learn in the USF Research Park. The Research Park received recognition as the Emerging Research Park of the Year in 2008, Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council Award of Distinction, IT Florida's Excellence in New Business Recruitment Award and the Florida Economic Development Council's Deal of the Year Award. With more than 112 acres on the north and south sides of Fowler Avenue, USFRP is directly adjacent to and a part of the University of South Florida community.
Awards and Recognition
- In 2016, USF faculty were awarded 88 highly prestigious awards, including Fellows
of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), an AAU-recognized
honor. USF ranked 4th worldwide for organizations with the most AAAS Fellows named
in 2016, for the third year in a row. As of 2017, USF has a total of 57 AAAS Fellows
among its faculty.
- The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation selected USF biologist Brad Gemmell as a 2017 Research
Fellow, one of the nation's most prestigious awards for young scientists.
- The Chronicle of Higher Education ranked USF as the nation's top producer of Fulbright scholars, with 12 faculty scholars for the 2016-17 academic year.