The University of South Florida is a research university that serves as a catalyst for innovation, generating new solutions to complex problems, and improving lives — all while preparing the highly skilled workforce essential for our state's business sector to flourish.
The USF Research Foundation, a not-for-profit, direct-support organization (DSO), owns and operates the USF Research Park of Tampa Bay. The Research Foundation also administers USF CONNECT, the Tampa Bay Technology Incubator (TBTI), and the Florida High Tech Corridor Council matching-grant program on behalf of the University.
USF CONNECT focuses on the needs of Tampa Bay's technology and bio/life sciences entrepreneurs, providing the facilities, partners and resources for successful business development, including access to technologies, workforce programs, technology commercialization, critical research equipment, incubator facilities, faculty researchers, student interns, and a matching grants program.
The USF Research Park of Tampa Bay, located on the USF Tampa campus, offers space and equipment, and links USF researchers to businesses in need of research partners, primarily in the areas of biotechnology and life sciences research and entrepreneurship.
The Technology Transfer Office (TTO) / Patents and Licensing works with companies interested in licensing or starting a new business around USF patents and intellectual property, and with USF researchers and students to ready new inventions for the patenting process and potential licensing opportunities.