- University of Florida (UF), the University of South Florida (USF), Florida International University (FIU), Florida State University (FSU), and the University of Central Florida (UCF) were all recognized among top global universities for creating new patented technology
- UF ranked first among Florida schools at 13th overall with 136 new patents last year
- FSU is the state’s biggest riser, jumping 42 spots and creating 11 more patents than the year prior
Five Florida universities — the University of Florida (UF), the University of South Florida (USF), Florida International University (FIU), Florida State University (FSU), and the University of Central Florida (UCF) — on Wednesday were globally recognized as top universities in creating patented technology.
UF took the top spot among state schools, ranking 13th overall. USF placed ten spots later at 23rd, while FIU, FSU, and UCF rounded out the rankings at 42nd, 57th, and 60th, respectively.
FSU’s global ranking is up 42 spots from its previous ranking of 84th. The university produced 46 such patents for a range of different technologies in 2021, compared to 35 the year prior.
“This is an incredible recognition of the efforts of Florida State’s research community,” said Interim Vice President for Research Mark Riley. “As a research university, it is part of our mission to put new technology and research out in the world so that they may ultimately be turned into viable commercial opportunities that can touch more lives. We are so pleased to be able to support our faculty as they do this important work.”
In total, UF created 136 patents last year, USF produced 92 patents, FIU developed 62 patents, FSU had 46 patents approved, while UCF generated 44.
UF’s ranking is the result of increased research expenditure, leading to a higher rate of technological and research developments. The university this year surpassed $1 billion in research spending for the first time, using the higher rate of spending to develop treatments for diseases, new agricultural products, engineering solutions, and general research advancements.
“Surpassing the $1 billion research milestone reflects UF’s continued rise as one of the leading research universities in the United States,” said university Vice President for Research David Norton. “But this number represents far more than dollars – it represents the value of these researchers’ remarkable intellect and talent and its impact on our state, our nation, and the world.”
With $1.076 billion in research expenditures, UF swamps in-state competition. Florida State University and the University of Miami, the next two highest-spending research schools in the state, both spend between $325 million and $350 million on research, respectively, according to the economic reports of both schools.