Giving - Office of Development and Alumni Relations

Supporting health research, supporting our community

The University of South Florida is a top-25 public university for research funding, and the colleges and units of USF Health account for more than 70% of the USF System’s federal research dollars. So how does private philanthropy affect this equation?

For every $1 of NIH funding USF receives, the university must provide around $0.45 to $0.50 in support — much of it up front. But aside from the discoveries made possible by this research, each NIH dollar adds $2.60 to the local economy (Tripp Umbach).

NIH funding does NOT fund:

  • The complete salary of the faculty investigator (only the percent of time spent on the NIH research, usually less than 50%)
  • Large equipment
  • Shared equipment used by a group of NIH investigators
  • Administrative support or administrative activities by the faculty investigator
  • Start-up expenses for establishing a new researcher

Philanthropy makes it possible for USF Health to invest in the researchers and studies that bring millions in research funding to Tampa Bay each year. Beyond enabling innovations that will make life better for countless patients, your investment in research can create an incredible economic impact for our community.