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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.

Interested applicants must complete the online interest form

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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:

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

Program Guidelines
Frequently Asked Questions
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Interested applicants must complete the online interest form
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For more information, please contact:

Elizabeth Nelson
Matching Grants Program Director
813-974-3291
ernelson1@usf.edu

 
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.
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Corridor Impact Stats
 

Select Past Projects

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Jing Wang, Microscope, II-VI


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

DNA

 

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) 

Additional Corridor Projects

 


Entrepreneurial & Workforce Support

In addition to the Matching Grants Research Program, the Corridor provides entrepreneurial initiatives to support small and growing businesses and educational efforts to cultivate tomorrow's workforce.

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GrowFL

GrowFL was created in 2009 by the Florida Legislature as an economic development program focused on assisting second-stage growth companies to prosper in the state of Florida.

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Florida Virtual Entrepreneur Center

The Florida Virtual Entrepreneur Center Web portal is designed to be a one-stop shop library for entrepreneurs who are looking for business resources all in one place.

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stemCONNECT

Involving representatives from academia and private industry, stemCONNECT is "cultivating tomorrow's workforce" throughout the region with innovative in-person and online program offerings.