Points of pride


University Recognition

Research Funding & Expenditures

research lab
  • USF was awarded $692 million in research contracts and grants in fiscal year 2023. According to the National Institutes of Health, every $1.00 in research funding brings in $2.64 in local economic growth. In FY2023, USF’s $692 million in research funding generated over $1.8 billion in local economic growth. USF had $461 million in total research expenditures in fiscal year 2022/2023 (National Science Foundation HERD Survey).

  • USF’s innovation and economic development efforts generate more than $6 billion in impact each year and supports 68,704 jobs (USF Economic Impact Report).

  • Sponsored Research annually submits approximately 2,000 proposals totaling over $1 billion in funding and processes approximately 3,000 awards and award modifications totaling over $400 million in funding.

  • USF is in the top 10% of research institutions ranked by NSF (National Science Foundation) by total research expenditures for their most recent year (2022).

Patents and Innovation

  • USF is among the top 15 U.S. public universities for granted U.S. patents according to the National Academy of Inventors (2023), and has ranked in the top 15 among American public universities for 10 consecutive years.

    USF Connect lab
  • USF CONNECT incubator space is currently at 100% occupancy with a current waitlist for office and lab space. USF’s Tampa Bay Technology Incubator serviced 67 resident and affiliate companies this past year (FY2023). Its current companies have created more than 477 jobs and received $416 million in funding to date. 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 50% of TBTI companies focus on bio/life sciences and biotechnology and approximately 39% are commercializing technologies developed by USF researchers, with over 286 patents received by incubated companies to date.

  • USF’s Student Innovation Incubator, which was launched in 2013 at the request of students eager to start their own companies, has supported over 250 student-led companies to date, with approximately 26 new companies each year (FY2023).

  • In FY2023, the Florida High Tech Corridor Matching Grants Research Program awarded more than $2 million to support 21 research projects across five USF colleges. These funds, in part, support 101 student research engagements with industry. These undergraduate and graduate students and postdoctoral trainees gained hands-on experience working side by side with local companies and USF faculty on applied research projects. Such projects have focused on next generation sensors, advanced prosthetics, semiconductor, mental health and telemedicine, sustainable agriculture, artificial intelligence, and more.

  • The Corridor also supports programs the Undergraduate Research Initiative and the Early-Stage Innovation Fund. In FY23, the Undergraduate Research Initiative provided $110,000 to nine USF colleges across campus, which provided new and expanded research opportunities for their undergraduate students, including projects like a university-wide Student Research Portal to connect students and faculty on ongoing research projects. The Early-Stage Innovation fund awarded $150,000 to six different projects to support the advancement of technologies by USF researchers with significant commercial potential. These technologies included AI-based tools, advanced therapeutics, and novel engineering methods.


  • USF was among the first three dozen universities nationwide to be designated an I-Corps Site by the National Science Foundation.As an I-Corps Site, USF develops teams of faculty, students, and business entrepreneurs from the community, and helps them learn to identify valuable product opportunities that can emerge from their academic research.The program features a 6-week “boot camp” to provide real-world experience in entrepreneurship, through training in customer discovery and guidance from established entrepreneurs and faculty.

  • Since 2015, the USF I-Corps Site has trained more than 339 teams, of which 112 teams were trained in 6-week bootcamps, 167 in courses, and 60 as part of the programming at the student innovation incubator. The teams span many colleges from all three campuses of USF. 33 teams have advanced to the national NSF I-Corps program to date.


  • USF is the founder and home of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI), a non-profit member organization with over 4,600 individual members, including fellows, senior members, and chapter members, affiliated with more than 300 institutions worldwide. The NAI’s nationally recognized fellows program has more than 1,700 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, who collectively hold more than 58,000 issued U.S. patents. USF has 31 NAI Fellows. The USF Chapter of the NAI has over 600 USF faculty, staff, students and alumni members, who collectively hold nearly 3,000 U.S. patents (2022).

    FL HOF ceremony
  • The Florida Inventors Hall of Fame was founded at USF in 2013. As of 2023, 68 outstanding Florida inventors have been elected, including 11 from USF. The Research Foundation, in association with university leadership, is developing its USF Research Park as a hub for biotechnology, life sciences research and entrepreneurship. In doing so, the Research Foundation is providing the physical structure and community for collaboration, innovation, development, transfer and commercialization of technology. The Research Park and its growing community enable student internships, faculty collaborations, licensing and joint creation of intellectual property, and the forging and facilitation of corporate partnerships.

Research Integrity & Compliance

  • Research Integrity & Compliance reviewed and approved 1,560 new research protocols and conflict management plans and provided training to 4,953 individuals in the past year (FY2022).
Updated: 3/21/2024