Funding Available

Corridor Matching Grants Research Program


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The Florida High Tech Corridor Council is a regional economic development initiative of the University of Central Florida, University of South Florida and the University of Florida. Its mission is to grow high tech industry and innovation through partnerships that support research, marketing, workforce and entrepreneurship. 

The Matching Grant Research Program at the University of South Florida can provide up to $150,000 in matching grant funds for collaborative research projects between local industry partners and USF researchers, including Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) / Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) funded projects. Corridor funding is used to expand the project's scope of work and support student involvement in cutting-edge research endeavors.

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While projects may be proposed in any discipline, proposals are particularly encouraged in areas contributing to the development of the Corridor's key industries: Agritechnology; Aviation & Aerospace; Digital Media/Interactive Entertainment; Financial Services; Information Technology; Life Sciences/Medical Technology; Microelectronics/Nanotechnology; Modeling, Simulation & Training; Optics & Photonics; Sustainable Energy

The industry partner must be a for-profit company located within 23-county Corridor region: Alachua, Brevard, Citrus, De Soto, Flagler, Hardee, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Lake, Levy, Manatee, Marion, Orange, Osceola, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Putnam, Sarasota, Seminole, Sumter, Volusia

Corridor Matching Grant Guidelines

FY2018 Program Guidelines
FY2018 Frequently Asked Questions

For more information, please contact:

Elizabeth Nelson
Matching Grants Program Director

Every year dozens of companies across the Corridor region participate in this unique program that leverages the strengths of the three Corridor universities. Since its inception in 1996, the Corridor's Matching Grants Research Program has had a tremendous, measurable impact on high tech industry in the region.
Corridor Impact Stats

Select Past Projects


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A Potential Cure for Alzheimer's 
and Other Cognitive Disorders
(Agilis Biotherapeutics & Dr. Edwin Weeber)

Molekule, Air Filter, USF, Patents

Destroying Dangerous Pollutants

(Molekule & Dr. Yogi Goswami)

Asteeza, Natural Product

Pioneering Solutions for Pain Relief

(Aldali & Dr. Dustin Hardwick)

Entrepreneurial & Workforce Support

In addition to the Matching Grants Research Program, the Corridor provides entrepreneurial initiatives to support small and growing businesses and educational efforts to cultivate tomorrow's workforce.


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