Over the past 20 years, USF has transitioned into a major research institution and was designated a "Preeminent State Research University" by the Florida Board of Governors in June of 2018, one of only three in the state. Today, USF is one of 94 public research universities nationwide classified as a Doctoral University with "Highest Research Activity" by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching

USF ranks 8th in the nation among public universities and 15th worldwide for granted U.S. patents among all universities according to the Intellectual Property Owners Association/NAI (2020), and has ranked in the Top 10 among public universities for U.S. patents granted for nine consecutive years.

The USF Research Park, located on the Tampa campus, provides an important, centrally located community environment for a growing number of startups, early stage companies, researchers and community partners.

The University of South Florida has three campuses, in Tampa, St. Petersburg and Sarasota-Manatee. Faculty on each campus are involved in interdisciplinary research collaborations and have access to extensive community partnerships, working together to create geographically distributed centers of research excellence.

There are many research resources available for all faculty at the University of South Florida.  You’ll find information and links here: New Faculty Orientation presentation (PDF).

Undergraduates at the university are encouraged to take advantage of a wide range of research opportunities. The Office for Undergraduate Research provides support to students engaged in undergraduate research and teaches students about the expectations and privileges associated with undergraduate research.

Graduate students have the opportunity to work alongside internationally renowned faculty and researchers in a variety of settings. Together they work to create solutions to society's most pressing problems.

At USF, research and innovation comes from a creative and ongoing collaboration between faculty and student researchers, administrative staff, business and academic partners, and the community. The result is an ever-stronger global research university that opens minds, creates knowledge, brings innovation into the marketplace and changes lives.

Updated: August 24, 2021