Corridor Matching Grants Research Program
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.
Interested applicants must complete the online interest form
With USF's Preeminence designation and ongoing commitment to partnering with industry, the Matching Grants Research Program at USF has become increasingly competitive in recent years. Through this program, USF and the Corridor aim to support high-impact research that will benefit the company, the university, and our region. The Matching Grants Research Program supports the following priorities:
- SBIR/STTR and other federally funded research
- Generation of new technology and intellectual property
- High-level, hands-on research experiences for our students and fellows
- Further development and commercialization of USF technologies
- Investment in USF's strategic research areas and the Corridor's key industries
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
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Select Past Projects
4G to 5G
(II-VI & Dr. Jing Wang)
A Roadmap to Brain Health
(The Villages & Dr. Carla VandeWeerd)
A Potential Cure for Alzheimer's and Other Cognitive Disorders
(Agilis Biotherapeutics & Dr. Edwin Weeber)
Entrepreneurial & Workforce Support
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