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Corridor Matching Grants

Florida High Tech Corridor Council

The Florida High Tech Corridor Council was established by the Legislature in 1996. It is an economic development initiative of the University of South Florida (USF), the University of Central Florida (UCF) and the University of Florida (UF) spanning a 23-county region. The mission of The Corridor is to grow high tech industry and innovation through partnerships that support research, marketing, workforce and entrepreneurship.

A partnership involving more than 25 local and regional economic development organizations (EDOs), 14 state/community colleges and 12 CareerSource boards, The Corridor is co-chaired by the presidents of USF, UCF and UF, and includes the presidents of two state colleges, the president of the Florida Institute of Technology and representatives of high tech industry.

The unique partnership has resulted in a strategic approach to high tech economic development that supports matching funds research, marketing, workforce development and entrepreneurship leveraging governmental, EDO and corporate budgets on a regional rather than local basis.

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The Matching Grants Research Program

Since the inception of the program in 1996, The Corridor has partnered with 350 companies on more than 1,350 research projects in industries ranging from Aerospace to Sustainable Energy.

The nearly $62 million in funds that have been invested by The Corridor have generated an additional $938 million in quantifiable downstream impacts, and a total project value of close to $1.18 billion.

The Matching Grants Research Program is open to technology companies located in the 23-county Corridor to partner with USF faculty for applicable research. While projects may be proposed in any discipline, proposals are particularly encouraged in areas contributing to the development of the Florida High Tech Corridor Council focus areas.

Focus Areas: The high technology focus areas of The Corridor are based on key strengths of the universities, and include:

Documents for grant announcements, guidelines and past awarded projects are provided in Adobe Acrobat® PDF format.

Corridor Matching Grant Guidelines

If you are a private business and are interested in participating with a USF research faculty member on an External Matching Grant project, please contact our office.

Tech Workforce Pipeline

Recognizing the need for a high tech workforce of the future, The Corridor established its educational initiative, techPATH, to reach young students in grades 6-12. Involving representatives from a variety of academic affiliations and high tech companies, techPATH is "cultivating tomorrow's workforce" throughout the Corridor through a variety of innovative programs such as techCAMP and stemCONNECT. Both introduce students to local high tech careers and industries, applying classroom topics to real-world jobs.