A key part of the STEM's Collaborative purpose is to enhance the USF System's STEM research profile, including but not limited to: total/federal research expenditures; research doctorates at USF in Tampa; postdoctoral fellows; patents, licenses and start-up companies; faculty awards and national academy members; and programmatic rankings.

As part of this effort, the Collaborative will identify STEM clusters across the USF System and Tampa Bay region to maximize opportunities for partnerships and shared innovations.