Groundbreaking research is a priority at USF. With over $500 million spent on research in 2017-2018, we empower our scholars to break barriers, generate knowledge, unleash innovation and change lives.


Research is at the center of the student and faculty experience here at the University of South Florida. One of only 56 public research universities nationwide classified as a Doctoral University with “Highest Research Activity” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, USF is proud be among the only 3% of all post-secondary institutions that attain this distinction.

With the world at their fingertips, researchers at USF turn thought into action – and impact. We rank first in Florida, 7th in the nation among public universities and 16th worldwide among all universities granted new U.S. utility patents. It’s no wonder USF now ranks among the best universities for technology transfer – turning research into technologies, products and companies. 

A true research powerhouse, USF charges into uncharted terrain, conducting meaningful research that resonates in our local community and throughout the world. Our researchers are at the forefront of innovation in medicine, environmental science, engineering, data science and the arts. We lead the way in the treatment of brain disease, veteran reintegration, sustainability, infectious disease and photovoltaic technologies – using cells to transfer energy from sunlight. And the USF Pediatric Epidemiology Center is the global epicenter for juvenile diabetes research.

USF is dedicated to empowering our scholars and investing in their potential. We rank among the top 50 universities in the nation – public or private – for research expenditures. In 2017-18, USF spent a total of $505.9 million on research and, the year prior, was awarded a record $485.5 million in contracts and grants. And with our city ranking #2 in the country for young entrepreneurs, the possibilities are endless.

Designated a community-engaged institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, USF takes pride in cultivating links between our researchers and local businesses in need of research partnerships. The USF Research Park in Tampa is home to a network of innovation-based companies, government resources and business development tools and is poised to maximize our university’s impact in the Tampa Bay community.

With such momentous activity around campus, our undergraduates bolster their college experiences by taking advantage of a multitude of available research opportunities. The Office for Undergraduate Research provides support to students engaged in research and teaches students about the expectations and privileges associated with undergraduate research.

And graduate students are at the center of our university’s far-reaching research endeavors. Each day they work alongside internationally renowned faculty and researchers, and together they forge solutions to society’s most pressing problems.

At USF, research is a creative and ongoing collaboration between faculty and students, administrators, business and academic partners and our local community. Together we are an ever-stronger national research university that explores uncharted terrain, generates knowledge, unleashes innovation and changes lives.