Programs that align with Florida's workforce

Aligning degrees with Florida’s workforce

“We were looking for a location that could offer our clients a pool of enthusiastic people in a community and state that would be supportive of our efforts to grow the company. Gainesville and the state of Florida offered us the perfect combination of business climate and resources and close proximity to one of the region’s leading engineering schools.”

– Scott Staples, president, Americas, MindTree Limited, which in 2012 opened its U.S. development center just blocks from the University of Florida campus.

Florida has a myriad of research and economic development platforms that cater to the fastest-growing and highest-sought industries identified by Enterprise Florida, the state’s economic development arm. Those industries are: Aviation and Aerospace, Life Sciences, Manufacturing, Defense and Homeland Security, Information Technology, Financial and Professional Services, Logistics & Distribution, Cleantech, and Headquarters.

Aviation and Aerospace

Florida Center for Advanced Aero-Propulsion

Florida State University in Tallahassee


Florida State University is home to the Florida Center for Advanced Aero-Propulsion, a unique research facility designed to meet the needs of a rapidly evolving and highly competitive aerospace industry. The Center uses a variety of advanced technologies to conduct research, including a polysonic wind tunnel capable of reaching speeds as high as Mach 5 (roughly 3,691 miles per hour). The Center is a technical incubator that excels at facilitating rapid transfer of knowledge and technologies to applications and products through partnerships with the aerospace industry, government, and other stakeholders.

Life Sciences

Integrative Biology and Neuroscience at FAU and Max Planck Florida Institute

Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton and Jupiter


The Integrative Biology PhD Program of Florida Atlantic University has teamed up with the Max Planck Florida Institute to create a Program in Integrative Biology and Neuroscience. The Program is a PhD in Integrative Biology with an emphasis in Neuroscience offering a broad range of training. Comprehending the full function of the brain, in health and disease, requires the understanding of sub-cellular processes in single neurons, signal integration by the brain and cognitive function. The program’s neuroscience faculty tackles many of the cutting edge questions in neuroscience through the integration of multiple disciplines, different model systems and a broad spectrum of technologies.

National High Magnetic Field Laboratory

Florida State University in Tallahassee


The National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (National MagLab) is the largest and highest powered magnet lab in the world. Headquartered at Florida State University, the National MagLab also has facilities at the University of Florida and Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico that host more than a thousand researchers each year to investigate interdisciplinary scientific problems, exploring promising new materials, pressing global energy problems and our understanding of the biochemistry that underlies living things.

Home to 14 of the world’s most powerful magnets including Guinness world record 45-tesla magnet, the National MagLab facilitates cutting-edge research that expands the boundaries of scientific knowledge.

MagLab researchers and staff also develop important partnerships and collaborations with private sector industries, federal agencies, institutions and international organizations to advance magnet-related technologies and help bring new technologies closer to the marketplace. Annually generating $121 million in economic output in the state of Florida alone, the National MagLab is an economic engine, returning $6.57 in economic activity for every dollar invested by the state.

USF Heart Institute

University of South Florida in Tampa
Planned to co-locate with the new USF Health Morsani College of Medicine in downtown Tampa, the USF Health Heart Institute will conduct basic, translational and clinical research, and provide cardiovascular disease-related care. At its core, the Institute’s research activities will address the root causes of cardiovascular diseases and will translate knowledge into novel therapeutics and diagnostics to improve treatment and quality of life. As approved by the Board of Governors, authorized by the legislature, and signed by Governor Rick Scott, the Institute will focus and leverage these strengths and elevate the region to national prominence.

    • At least $28 million per year in additional NIH research expenditures is anticipated when the new facility is at full capacity by 2019.
    • The downtown location will maximize opportunities for grant funding due to close proximity to Tampa General Hospital researchers and clinicians.
    • Any new hire will be of national prominence in his or her field and have a National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant generating at least $300,000 per year in research.
    • The Heart Institute is projected to drive up to $73  million annually in local economic activity.

Center for Applied Biomedical Additive Manufacturing

University of Central Florida in Orlando


University of Central Florida is home to the Center for Applied Biomedical Additive Manufacturing, which aims to establish a world-class interdisciplinary research facility and marketplace to provide standardized, cost-effective and innovative biomedical solutions. The center stems from the internationally recognized work of Limbitless Solutions, a nonprofit formed by University of Central Florida students who have designed and made bionic arms for children in their spare time. This partnership aspires to create more collaboration among scientists, doctors and engineers.

Sid Martin Biotechnology Incubator

University of Florida in Gainesville


The UF Sid Martin Biotechnology Incubator is the most experienced, fully-equipped bioscience incubator in the United States. Its program assists with early recruitment of experienced leadership, fosters relationships with potential investor groups and qualified service partners, and provides laboratory space, animal facilities, fermentation facilities, greenhouses and $1 million of core scientific equipment.  The average Sid Martin Biotech Incubator company raises $24 million in investment.

In addition:

  • 86 percent of Sid Martin Biotechnology Incubator companies were still operating five years after graduating from our program.
  • 17 percent of its companies were acquired within 10 years of graduation.
  • Sid Martin companies have attracted more than $1.2 billion in funding and M&A activity.


Motorola Nanofabrication Research Facility

Florida International University in Miami

FIU Motorola

Arif Sarwat - Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering

Arif Sarwat – Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering

Florida International University’s Motorola Nanofabrication Research Facility is housed in the Advanced Materials Engineering Research Institute in  the College of Engineering & Computing.  It provides an open access equipment infrastructure in class 100 and 10000 clean rooms for academic and industry users to support nanomaterials research and engineering over a broad range of technology and capabilities. The Institute provides micro and nano fabrication process development, analytical instrumentation, materials characterization, and 3D printing  laboratories to support faculty and industry in the development and characterization of new materials over the continuum from the nanoscale to bulk materials for a myriad of applications. Several active areas of research include nanobiotechnology, BioMEMS, nanomedicine, sensors, surface science, corrosion resistant materials, energy efficient materials and aerospace materials.

Defense and Homeland Security

Institute for Simulation and Training

University of Central Florida in Orlando

Partnership III in Research Park

Partnership III in Research Park

University of Central Florida is home to the Institute for Simulation and Training, which features laboratories that support research for defense and commercial applications in computer-generated forces; virtual, augmented and mixed reality research; embedded training; computer graphics; interactive entertainment; public safety; robotics; human factors; and more. IST labs are located in partnership buildings that University of Central Florida shares with the military as cornerstones of Central Florida’s $5 billion modeling and simulation industry.

Florida Center for Cybersecurity (FC²)


The Florida Center for Cybersecurity (housed at the University of South Florida in Tampa) supports cybersecurity research, education and outreach for the state of Florida. The Center was established by the Florida Legislature in 2014 and works with universities throughout the System to offer a variety of degrees and specialties and ensure that Florida is a national leader in this high-demand workforce area.

Center for Advanced Power Systems

Florida State University in Tallahassee


Florida State University houses the Center for Advanced Power Systems, a multidisciplinary research center organized to perform basic and applied research to advance the field of power systems technology. The Center’s emphasis is on application to electric utility, defense, and transportation, as well as developing an education program to train the next generation of power systems engineers. Specific research focuses include electric power systems modeling and simulation, power electronics and machines, control systems, thermal management, cyber-security for power systems, high temperature superconductor characterization and electrical insulation research.

Southeastern Security for Enterprise and Infrastructure Center

University of Florida in Gainesville

UF’s Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering is building what some believe to be the most dynamic and robust cybersecurity team in the country. Recruiting top-flight faculty from around the country, UF recently launched the Southeastern Security for Enterprise and Infrastructure center. UF is committed to anticipating intrusions and attacks that compromise everything from our personal identities to our national security, from our ATMs to our financial markets.

Information and Technology

Data Science Program

New College of Florida in Sarasota

New College of Florida’s new Master of Data Science program is designed in collaboration with major companies that rely on data analytics (including Google,, Gallup, Omnicom, Akamai, Star2Star and many others). The program is rigorous, practical, and focused on preparing recent college graduates for work in data analysis for research and industry. In the first year, students will study statistics and computer science tools used for data analysis. In the second year, students will work on group software-based projects using real data from industry and research organizations, followed by paid internships at partner institutions.

Center for Research in Computer Vision

University of Central Florida in Orlando

Dr. Muburak Shah

Dr. Muburak Shah

University of Central Florida’s Center for Research in Computer Vision partners with local and national high-tech companies to advance the science of processing and analyzing images and videos using complex computational methods. Our technology can be used in scanning crowd scenes, analyzing brain scans for tumors, environmental monitoring, indexing and searching massive databases of images and videos, and more. The center is directed by Professor Muburak Shah, a UCF Trustee Chair Professor who is a fellow of the Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the International Association for Pattern Recognition, and SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics.

High-Performance Materials Institute

Florida State University in Tallahassee

Florida State University’s High-Performance Materials Institute performs research, education and training in the field of advanced materials. The Institute is involved in four primary technology areas: High-Performance Composite and Nanomaterials, Structural Health Monitoring, Multifunctional Nanomaterials Advanced Manufacturing and Process Modeling. Since its inception, the Institute has proven a number of technology concepts that have the potential to narrow the gap between research and practical applications of nanotube-based materials such as buckypaper, a feather-light sheet made of carbon nanotubes that are being tested in electronics, energy, medicine, space and transportation.

Financial and Professional Services

Florida Small Business Development Center


UWF, USF, FAMU, FIU, UCF, UNF and roughly two dozen state colleges work all over the state to provide entrepreneurial and business development services. Since 1976, this network has assisted hundreds of thousands of emerging and growing businesses by providing the professional expertise, tools, and information necessary to make sound business decisions in a complex and ever-changing marketplace. In addition to the FSBDC’s core service offerings of consulting provided at no-cost, training, and business research, the Florida SBDC Network also provides a comprehensive toolkit of specialized services for qualifying businesses looking to accelerate market growth, including: Growth Acceleration, International Trade, Government Contracting, and Business Continuation.

Logistics & Distribution

Logistics Information Technology Solutions Lab

University of North Florida in Jacksonville

University of North Florida in Jacksonville has the only Logistics Information Technology Solutions Lab in the Southeast, offering students and executives an opportunity to learn about state-of-the-art supply chain tools and solutions. UNF’s $1.3 million facility is one of the best-equipped university labs of its kind in the nation. Program graduates are automatically CTL certified (upon application, by blanket waiver) by the American Society of Transportation and Logistics – recognition of curriculum quality granted to only 28 programs nationwide.


Emergent Technologies Institute

Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers

Florida Gulf Coast University’s Emergent Technologies Institute is a 6.5-acre research-and-development complex that will support new educational initiatives, enhance regional workforce and economic development, and foster collaboration involving higher education and industry. The Institute initially will focus on emerging industries developing new technologies, environmental sustainability and renewable energy – fields that are projected to continue growing locally and nationally. The 25,000-square-foot facility will house research labs, classrooms, and offices. A 2.5-acre Energy Park will provide outdoor space for conducting experiments as well as demonstrating new technology for visitors. Research already is underway at FGCU in renewable energy storage, forecasting solar power generation based on climate and solar desalination of water. The Institute also is the first project to begin construction in the Innovation Hub (IHub), a 240-acre development planned as a magnet for technology and research companies.



University of South Florida in Tampa

USF CONNECT is the economic development arm of the university.  This area engages with county and nonprofit economic development groups to promote the entrepreneurial spirit in Tampa Bay; markets USF resources and services to potential tenants and startup companies; works with university partners to grow technology ventures in region; partners with subject matter experts in the business community to provide mentoring and educational programming to incubator companies; and recruits technology companies to locate in the research park and incubator.

Innovation Square

University of Florida in Gainesville

The University of Florida is the home of Innovation Square, a 40-acre live/work/play research and innovation community which will develop into more than 5 million square feet of office, research and high-tech space fusing the private sector with UF through access to cutting-edge research and information.

University of Florida's Innovation Hub

University of Florida’s Innovation Hub

The centerpiece of Innovation Square is Florida Innovation Hub at UF, a 48,000-square-foot business super-incubator that is home to some two dozen startups covering fields ranging from software development to genetic data analysis to drug development. Spinoff companies based on UF technologies include Verigo, a producer of wireless tracking and monitoring technology for perishable items; Rapid Genomics, specializing in DNA genotyping; and Myolyn LLC, which creates rehab technology for people with neurological disorders.

The motto of UFs Office of Technology Licensing, housed in Innovation Hub, is “Where science meets business.” Companies can collaborate with UF on research innovations, hire UF’s undergraduate/graduate students and alumni for internships/co-op assignments/full-time employment, and access the university’s expertise and specialized equipment via services agreements. UF’s Office of Research assists companies of any size – from start-up to multinational – that are seeking to meet any of these needs.

The University of Florida received $706.8 million in research awards last year, surpassing the previous record set in fiscal year 2014 by $5.1 million.

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