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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.

Please review the Program Guidelines for detailed information about the program.

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Participation in the Matching Grants Research Program has become increasingly competitive. The program prioritizes funding for projects that:

  • Generate new intellectual property or technology
  • Develop and commercialize existing USF technology
  • Leverage federally funding through the SBIR/STTR or other programs
  • Align with the Corridor’s key industry clusters
  • Engage new participants in the program (industry and 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 these priorities, the program supports high-impact research benefiting local industry, the university, and our region.

If Corridor funds are awarded, a sponsored research agreement must be executed within three months of the Corridor award letter to ensure the availability of Corridor funds. The industry sponsor and PI must work directly with USF Sponsored Research and appropriate College staff to finalize and execute a research agreement. 

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)