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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:

  • Agrictechnology
  • Digital Media & Interactive Entertainment
  • Information Technology
  • Microelectronics & Nanotechnology
  • Optics & Photonics
  • Aviation & Aerospace
  • Financial Services
  • Life Sciences & Medical Technologies
  • Modeling, Simulation & Training
  • Sustainable Energy

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

External Matching Grant Announcement and Guidelines
2015/2016 Frequently Asked Questions
The Corridor’s Matching Grant Eligibility FY17 Award Guidelines
Past Projects
List of 2013-2014 Awarded Projects
List of 2012-2013 Awarded Projects
List of 2011-2012 Awarded Projects
List of 2010-2011 Awarded Projects
List of 2009-2010 Awarded Projects
List of 2008-2009 Awarded Projects
List of 2007-2008 Awarded Projects
List of 2006-2007 Awarded Projects
List of 2005-2006 Awarded Projects
List of 2004-2005 Awarded Projects
List of 2003-2004 Awarded Projects
List of 2002-2003 Awarded Projects
List of 2001-2002 Awarded Projects
List of 2000-2001 Awarded Projects
List of 1999-2000 Awarded Projects
List of 1998-1999 Awarded Projects

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.

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Paul R. Sanberg, Ph.D., D.Sc.
President and CEO
USF Research Foundation
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