Research Park

About the USF Research Park

New building in the USF Research Park

Located on the Tampa campus of the University of South Florida, the USF Research Park covers more than 112 acres at the heart of the USF community. The Research Park brings together world-class researchers, inventors and entrepreneurs eager to collaborate with a highly-trained, high-tech workforce.

The Research Foundation, in association with university leadership, is developing its USF Research Park as a hub for biotechnology, life sciences research and entrepreneurship. In doing so, the Research Foundation is providing the physical structure and community for collaboration, innovation, development, transfer and commercialization of technology. The Research Park and its growing community enable student internships, faculty collaborations, licensing and joint creation of intellectual property, and the forging and facilitation of corporate partnerships.

The USF Research Park is the centerpiece of USF's innovation enterprise, which sustains more than 4,000 public and private sector jobs and returns more than $71 million in tax revenue to local, state and federal coffers.

USF Research Park receives international award

The University of South Florida Research Park has been named the 2022 Outstanding Research Park by the Association of University Research Parks — an international nonprofit organization that represents research parks and innovation districts. This award encourages continuous evaluation and development of best practices for the research park community and USF's selection for the award is a testament to its execution on vision and the science conducted within.

Ribbon cutting - New Research Park building

USF opens new innovation facility aimed at growing Tampa Bay's economy

On March 31, 2022, the University of South Florida unveiled a new state-of-the-art research center that will deepen the connection between university innovation and the business community and help advance the Tampa Bay region's growing startup ecosystem. The three-story, 120,000-square-foot mixed-use building features advanced laboratory facilities, as well as office and meeting spaces for new and established companies.

Located just minutes from three interstate highways (I-75, I-275 and I-4) and 25 minutes from Tampa International Airport, widely known as one of the best airports in the world, the USF Research Park is positioned perfectly to welcome visitors and partners from near and far.

USF Research Park

Housed within the Research Park, USF's incubator is home to more than 65 resident and affiliate companies and dozens more student-led startups who are mentored and supported in their development in the USF Student Innovation Incubator. USF has a strong emphasis on biotechnology and life sciences research and entrepreneurship with more than half of the incubator companies focused on life sciences. Additionally, nearly half of the companies are commercializing technologies developed by USF faculty researchers. If you're interested in learning about the facilities available for incubator companies, please take a look at USF CONNECT Facilities.

New building in the USF Research Park New Research Park building (rendering)

For more than a decade, the USF Research Park's goal has been to serve as a catalyst for the Tampa Bay Region's leading science and technology innovation district. With an unparalleled collection of neighboring anchors who are world leaders in health sciences—the Moffitt Cancer Center, James A. Haley VA Hospital and AdventHealth Tampa are located within a two-mile radius—that district has become nationally known for its concentration of highly-skilled scientists and leading innovators who collaborate in an environment that promotes discovery, creativity and exploration of new ideas.