Points of Pride
Research & Innovation
- USF is one of 49 public research universities nationwide classified as both a Doctoral
University with "Highest Research Activity" and as a "Community Engaged" institution
by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
- USF is one of only five Florida public universities classified by the Carnegie Foundation
for the Advancement of Teaching in the Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity
category, a distinction attained by only 2.5 percent of all universities.
- USF ranks 29th in the nation among public universities, for total research expenditures
by the National Science Foundation (2016).
- USF ranks 46th in the U.S. for total research expenditures, among all U.S. universities, public or private, by the National Science Foundation (2016).
This places USF in the top 7% among the 640 universities ranked (FY2016, most recent
- USF ranks 1st in Florida, 5th in the nation among public universities and 12th world-wide
for granted U.S. patents among all universities according to the Intellectual Property
Owners Association/NAI (2017), and has ranked in the Top 10 among public universities
for U.S. patents granted for the past eight years (2010-2017).
- USF is designated by the Association for Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU)
as an Innovation & Economic Prosperity University, one of only 57 in the nation.
- USF was awarded a record $475.2 million in research contracts and grants in fiscal
year 2017. According to the National Institutes of Health, every $1.00 in research
funding brings in $2.21 in local economic growth. In FY2017, USF's $475.2 million
research funding alone supported more than 5,900 jobs and generated over $1 billion in local economic growth.
- USF's innovation and economic development efforts generate more than $400 million
in statewide impact each year, sustain more than 3,000 jobs and return more than $52
million in tax revenue to local, state and federal coffers, according to a 2016 analysis
from the Washington Economics Group, a leading national firm. Some 80% of the jobs
created by USF innovation statewide are in the Knowledge-Based Services Sector.
- In fiscal year 2018, USF had a record-breaking 119 new patents, along with 127 license/options
and 10 new startup companies.
- USF was ranked #19 among the "Best Universities for Technology Transfer, 2017" by
the prestigious Milken Institute.
- USF's Tampa Bay Technology Incubator is currently home to more than 75 resident and
affiliate companies and growing. Its current companies have created 360 jobs and received
more than $123 million in total funding. 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 55% of TBTI companies focus on bio & life sciences and nearly 50% are commercializing
technologies developed by USF researchers.
- USF has a robust new product pipeline with 67 products on the market; 12 USF technologies
in human clinical trials, 9 in Phase II; and 36 products at preclinical, development
and prototype stage.
- USF's Student Innovation Incubator, which was launched in 2013 at the request of students
eager to start their own companies, has supported 109 student-led companies to date.
25 companies were in the 2017-18 cohort.
- 117 USF students were supported by grants awarded in 2018 by the Florida High Tech
Corridor Council Matching Grants Program, working on research projects with companies
and faculty in labs, internships, etc., in disciplines ranging from medicine, electrical
engineering, pharmacy, and business, to chemistry, computer science, mechanical engineering,
clean energy, and more.
- USF has been designated by the National Science Foundation as an Innovation Corps
(I-Corps) Site, one of only three dozen Sites nationwide when the award was granted
in 2015, and only the second one in Florida. As an I-Corps Site, USF develops potential
I-Corps Team projects and provides an entrepreneurial program for faculty and graduate
student teams to complete together to assess their business potential. USF's 6-week
"boot camp" gives Teams real-world, hands-on experience to turn knowledge into products
and companies. As of July 2018, 115 teams have trained at the USF I-Corps Site through
courses and boot camp.
- To date, 27 USF I-Corps teams were selected to participate in the national NSF I-Corps
program, placing USF at 1st in Florida and 3rd in the nation for the most national
- USF is the founder and home of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) (AcademyofInventors.org), a non-profit member organization with over 4,000 individual inventor members and
Fellows spanning more than 250 U.S. universities, and governmental and non-profit
research institutes. The NAI's nationally recognized Fellows program has more than
900 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. USF has 24 NAI Fellows. The USF Chapter of the NAI has over 450
USF faculty, staff, students and alumni members, who collectively hold more than 2,400
- The Florida Inventors Hall of Fame (FloridaInvents.org) was founded at USF in 2013. As of 2018, 35 outstanding Florida inventors have been
elected, including six from USF.
- In accordance with the mission of bringing together private entrepreneurs and university researchers to foster collaboration and innovation, nearly 1,500 people work or learn in the USF Research Park. The Research Park received recognition as the Emerging Research Park of the Year in 2008, Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council Award of Distinction, IT Florida's Excellence in New Business Recruitment Award and the Florida Economic Development Council's Deal of the Year Award. With more than 112 acres on the north and south sides of Fowler Avenue, USFRP is directly adjacent to and a part of the University of South Florida community.
Awards and Recognition
- In 2017, USF faculty were awarded 101 highly prestigious awards.
- USF ranked 4th worldwide for organizations with the most Fellows of the American Association
for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) named in 2017, a rank USF has held for the past
four years. As of 2018, USF has a total of 60 AAAS Fellows among its faculty.
Key Strategic Research Areas of Focus
- Brain and Spinal Cord, including neuroscience, neuromorphic computing, cognitive sciences, aging, hearing
loss, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and other neurodegenerative diseases, prostheses, and
spinal cord and traumatic brain injury prevention and mitigation.
- Data Science, including data analytics, financial data analysis, pattern recognition in big data,
digital visualization, electronic health records, health informatics and digital humanities.
- Heart, spanning basic, translational and clinical research, and cardiovascular disease-related
care, with emphasis on biological systems research that would be applicable across
areas that contribute to cardiovascular disease.
- Human Security, spanning cybersecurity, global security, military research, food security, spread
and control of infectious diseases, promoting civil societies and social networks.
- Water, spanning marine science, purification, supply and management, ocean ecology, coastal
ecosystems, fisheries, natural hazards and sustainability.
- Research Translation of intellectual property into products, industry collaborations, software services, startups, processes, and policies that improve the human condition, including supporting economic development and job creation.
Last updated: 08/15/2018