Research Facilities

Core Research Facilities

college of arts & sciences (CAS)

MISSION. The College of Arts and Sciences is the intellectual heart of the University of South Florida. We are a community of teachers and scholars united in the belief that broadly educated people are the basis of a just, free, and prosperous society. By focusing on the big questions facing all of humanity, we prepare students for successful, socially responsible personal and professional lives. By conducting innovative, interdisciplinary research and scholarship, we advance knowledge in ways that prepare us to address complex social and scientific problems and enhance the quality of life for peoples and communities.

CORE RESEARCH FACILITIES. CAS Research often relies on the use of shared instrumentation for routine and advanced analyses. CAS Core Facilities are designed to help researchers improve the health and wellbeing of people, create healthy and sustainable communities, and explore ways to advance healthy communities through novel and innovative research.

CAS-USF AFFILIATED AND COLLABORATING PARTNERS. In advancing the groundbreaking research at USF, (an AAU member and Pre-eminent Research University), CAS works with its USF affiliated and collaborating partners. Such internal and external partnership/stakeholders broadens the College of Arts & Science (CAS) research enterprise and opens opportunities for CAS to advance USF's Strategic Areas of Focus in Analytics & Data Science, Biology by Design, Global & National Security, Social Justice & Human Rights, and Sustainability, Environmental, & Oceanographic Sciences.  

CAS Core Research Facilities

The Center for Drug Discovery and Innovation (CDDI)

CDDI is a Florida Center of Excellence, serving the research community at the University of South Florida. The mission of CDDI provides USF researchers access to specialized equipment (not available in most research laboratories) that is important for validating protein drug targets and the development of small molecule inhibitors.

The CDDI Core Facilities offer a wide choice of analytical methods with application to the general analysis of proteins and cells (See Request for Services). The specialized instrumentation cores and technical expertise within CDDI are focused on protein and small molecule production and the molecular analysis of proteins. For more information see Resources. CDDI Core Facilities include the following:

environment conservation outreach, research, & education (ecore) system

The Environmental and Conservation Outreach, Research, and Education (ECORE) System unifies the Forest Preserve, Botanical Gardens, and GeoPark under one leadership team within the College of Arts and Sciences to enhance support for faculty, student, and community needs. The ECORE System was established to manage and promote the botanical and environmental assets associated with these properties.

Other Non-Core Research CAS-USF Affiliates

humanities institute

The Humanities Insitute (HI) is 1 of 9 Research Centers & Institute in the College of Arts & Sciences at USF. HI is an interdisciplinary research center that aims to address fundamental and longstanding questions about the human condition through the examination of the complex dynamic between race, gender, socioeconomic status, religion, ethnicity, sexual identity, age, and other factors. The Humanities Institute supports and encourages collaboration, engaged scholarship, and intellectual conversation among scholars at USF and in the community.

USF college of engineering (COE)

Institute of Applied Engineering (IAE)

The Institute of Applied Engineering (AIE) is 1 of 11 Research Centers & Institutes in the College of Engineering at USF.  The Institute of Applied Engineering is a world class research and education center dedicated to seeking solutions to the security and economic challenges facing the nation. The  IAE works  with the DoD in utilizing USF's core competencies - autonomous systems; cyber security; human performance enhancement technologies; energy and transportation infrastructure systems; and supporting capabilities including data analytics and advanced manufacturing. 

Artificial Intelligence (AI+X) 

AI + X is a university-wide research, education center for Artificial Intelligence, and world-class academic R&D center conducting externally-funded research in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and associated areas (X = Healthcare, Medicine, Cybersecurity, Finance, Business, Manufacturing, Transportation), using a transdisciplinary approach across Neuroscience, Cognitive Science, and Computer Science, and work with industry to transition them into products that benefit humanity in an ethical and responsible manner.

USF Computer Science & Engineering (CSE) Research Areas

CSE has 4 Research Area Clusters

cse research areas


Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, Human-Computer Interaction, NLP and Cognitive Modeling, Robotics, Brain-Computer Interfaces, Computational Neuroscience, and Affective Computing


Cryptography, Trustworthy Computing, Network Security, Smart Bio-devices, Hardware security, and Biometrics


Computer Architecture, VLSI, Ubiquitous Sensing Networks, Distributed Computing, Parallel Processing, and Biomedical Devices


Biomedical Imaging, Machine Learning, Databases, Visualization, and Social Networks

USF Health Core Facilities & Services

USF Health Core Facilities & Services provides access to sophisticated instrumentation and technologies. 

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Library Services

The University of South Florida and the USF Libraries provide access to both of the major academic suites of comparative academic metrics, InCites from Clarivate/Web of Science and SciVal from Elsevier/Scopus.

Other Non-COre CAS-USF Collaborating Partners

Global & National Security Institute (GNSI)

GNSI organizes its efforts around 3 Strategic Areas: Science & Technology, Human Dynamics & Social Behavior, and Cybersecurity

The Great Power Competition Conference

The Global National Security Institute (GNSI) at the University of South Florida (USF), in partnership with the U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM) and the USF College of Arts and Sciences, along with the Chief Digital and Artificial Intelligence Office (CDAO), as well as the Institute for Artificial Intelligence (AI+X) at USF, is proud to sponsor the ninth bi-annual conference on The Great Power Competition (GPC), scheduled for March 5-7, 2024, at the Marshall Center on the University of South Florida campus in Tampa, Florida.

U.S. Central Command

The USF-MacDill Air Foce Base partnership places education at the forefront, enhancing the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math.  and supporting USF students, researchers, and greater military community. 

Cyber Florida: The Florida Center for Cybersecurity

In its mission to help position Florida as a national leader in cybersecurity through education, research, & outreach, Cyber Florida has collaborated with USF -CAS, NESA, & U.S. Central Command in several GPC cybersecurity conferences surrounding threats ffacing the U.S., its allies, & partners. 

MoffitT Cancer Center

The partnering agreement between USF and the Moffitt Cancer Center brings together experts whose aim is to advance the field of cancer research and drug discovery. The College of Arts & Science (CAS) contributes to and strengthens these collaborative initiatives by conducting innovative, interdisciplinary research and scholarship, advancing knowledge in ways that prepare us to address complex social and scientific problems and enhance the quality of life for people and communities.