Research Collaborations

Research in the J. Crayton Pruitt Family Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) is highly interdisciplinary within the College of Engineering (e.g., Chemical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering) and across other Colleges at UF (e.g., Medicine, Dentistry, Public Health). Thus, the BME Department is uniquely positioned to create the bridge between engineering and health sciences. The research in the BME Department is currently focused along the following areas:

  • Neural Engineering
  • Imaging & Medical Physics
  • Biomaterials & Regenerative Medicine
  • Biomedical Data Science

The BME Department is housed in a new state-of-the art building (completed in 2010) that is located in the medical school and steps from engineering. The $90.5 million, 163,000-square-foot building houses researchers from the colleges of Medicine, Engineering, and Public Health and Health Professions, creating unique opportunities for new collaborations. Biomedical Engineering at UF partners with many local Research Centers and Institutes including the McKnight Brain Institute, the Clinical and Translational Science Institute, the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, and the Malcom Randall VA Medical Center.

In addition to its close proximity of health sciences, Biomedical Engineering at UF is uniquely positioned to contribute to clinical translation of biomedical technologies because of the outstanding resources for entrepreneurship and commercialization, including Florida’s 40-acre Innovation Square and the Sid Martin Biotechnology Incubator.

Florida High Tech Corridor Council Matching Funds Research Program

Companies located in the 23 county FL High Tech Corridor region can both accelerate their technical and commercial accomplishments and leverage their R&D budgets by participating in the Florida High Tech Corridor Council (FHTCC) Matching Funds Research Program at the University of Florida (UF).

The University offers opportunities for companies to access UF’s research expertise by collaborating on R&D projects that can receive Matching Funds. Proposals can be submitted by UF researchers from all academic disciplines across the university – including health sciences, agribusiness, engineering, and the physical sciences. These Matching Funds can be up to $250,000 annually per project, subject to the specifics of the research proposal and a commitment from the company for both cash and in-kind contributions at least equal to the Matching Funds being sought. If the project meets certain conditions and intermediate milestones, proposals for multi-year projects will also be considered.

The amount of UF Matching Funds that could support each research project - overhead-free - is always case-specific and fact-dependent. Projects are approved based on both internal and external reviews that occur on a rolling basis as long as Matching Funds are available. 

To learn more about the R&D opportunities associated with the FHTCC Matching Funds Research Program at the University of Florida, please contact Dr. Rodney Guico, Director of Industry Program, College of Engineering, at 352-392-8049 x1006 or rguico@eng.ufl.edu

You may also visit their website at www.floridahightech.com.