UF’s research enterprise plays an important role in the emergence of the State of Florida as a technological and economic leader in the 21st century.
UF attracts scholars whose curiosity about the world around them results in new inventions and procedures that benefit the citizens of Florida and beyond in countless ways.
A Leading Research Institution
Research awards have risen steadily over the decades to last year’s $619 million, placing UF among the nation’s leading institutions. More than $323 million of that total was for health-related research, representing a significant portion of the state’s intellectual and economic commitment to biotechnology. Researchers at the Institute on Aging, the McKnight Brain Institute, the UF Genetics Institute, the UF Shands Cancer Center, and the Emerging Pathogens Institute—and throughout the six colleges of the Health Science Center—study everything from adult stem cells to gene therapy.
From Laboratory to Marketplace
The new economy encourages the rapid progression of discoveries from the laboratory to the marketplace, and UF is a national leader in this area. The success of the sports drink Gatorade is well known, but it is just one of many UF products that have benefited countless people. Other important products include Trusopt, a leading treatment for glaucoma, and the Sentricon Termite Elimination System.
Graduate education and research go hand-in-hand. The great discoveries of the 21st century will undoubtedly come from the creative efforts of university faculty working closely with bright and motivated graduate students. Graduate students, particularly those pursuing the doctoral degree, broaden the knowledge base of their disciplines in countless ways. UF undergrads, through the University Scholars Program, work one-on-one with Florida faculty on selected research projects.
The university’s graduate programs have produced generations of professionals in a wide variety of disciplines, many of whom have risen to positions of prominence in our state, the nation and the world.