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Corridor Matching Grants Research Program


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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.

For detailed information about the program, please review the Program Guidelines.

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With USF’s Preeminence designation and ongoing commitment to industry collaboration, the Matching Grants Research Program at USF has become increasingly competitive in recent years. The program aims to support projects that:

  • Generate new intellectual property or technology
  • Develop and commercialize existing USF technology
  • Leverage federally funding through the SBIR/STTR or other programs
  • Invest in USF’s strategic research areas and the Corridor’s key industries
  • Engage new participants in the program (industry or faculty)
  • Encourage research across colleges and/or across Corridor Universities
  • Provide a tangible impact for the industry partner in terms of revenue, sales, workforce expansion, etc.
  • Provide high-level, hands-on research experiences for our students and fellows

By focusing on the these priorities, the program supports high-impact research benefiting local industry, the university, and our region.

Corridor applications will be reviewed prior to the execution of the sponsored research agreement. If Corridor funds are awarded, a sponsored research agreement must be executed within three months of the Corridor award letter in order to ensure the availability of Corridor funds. The research agreement must align with USF’s standard terms (IP, publication, etc.).

For more information, please contact:

Elizabeth Nelson
Matching Grants Program Director

Every year dozens of companies across the Corridor region participate in this unique program that leverages the strengths of the three Corridor universities. Since its inception in 1996, the Corridor's Matching Grants Research Program has had a tremendous, measurable impact on high tech industry in the region.

Corridor Impact Stats

Select Past Projects 

Jing Wang, Microscope, II-VI

4G to 5G
(II-VI & Dr. Jing Wang)


A Roadmap to Brain Health
(The Villages & Dr. Carla VandeWeerd)

Micrscope, Close Up

A Potential Cure for Alzheimer's and Other Cognitive Disorders
(Agilis Biotherapeutics & Dr. Edwin Weeber) 

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