Scientific Presence Florida

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Scientific presence is a holistic look at science and technology activity; a picture of inventive and innovative trends, emerging markets, talent pools, and the depth of scientific, technical and engineering enterprise, the indicators of future economic development and growth.


2013 Way Better Count: 5,915 — US Rank — #10
2013 Official Count: 3,953— US Rank — #11
Patents 1963—2013: 84173
Use the Map and Scientific Presence Indicators and Metrics at left to examine the elements of scientific presence in Florida or click the map to see the Scientific Presence Profile for another state. The Scientific Presence profiles are dynamic and are updated when new metrics and observatons become available, please visit often.

Businesses & Outposts

376 Organizations

National and international corporations, universities, government agencies, businesses, and other organizations
earning patents with first named inventors from Florida.

The Top Ten

Companies Working With Florida Inventors 2009—2013 based on first named inventors who are from Florida.


The Complete List →

All Independent Inventors

2012 — 1,713 | 2013 — 1,846 | 2014 — 1,952
Total 1977—2014:45,298
2014 US Rank: #2 | Overall Rank: #3

Independent Inventors are not affiliated with a company or other entity when their patents are granted. Many independent inventors use their patents as an important asset for new business formation. If a patent has more than one inventor, each inventor is counted according to his or her state of residence at the time of patent grant. If an inventor has more than one patent, he or she is counted once for each patent.
Source: USPTO

Research & Development (R&D)

Total 2012 R&D Expenditures in Florida: $9,073,000,000.

US R&D Rank — #14 | R&D Intensity — 1.22%
Florida GDP — $746,439,000,000 | GDP Rank — 4
SOURCE: National Science Foundation, National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics, Business R&D and Innovation Survey, 2011.

Florida R&D Spending

In Millions of Dollars — 000,000)
SOURCES: National Science Foundation, National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NSF/NCSES), National Patterns of R&D Resources (annual series), Business Research and Development and Innovation Survey, Survey of Research and Development Expenditures at Universities and Colleges, Survey of Federal Funds for Research and Development, Survey of State Government R&D. State GDP data are from the US. Bureau of Economic Analysis, http://www.bea.gov, accessed 1 August 2013.
Category Subcategory US
R&D Spending
R&D Spending
All R&D $428,163 $9,073
Business Business - Total 294,093 5,988
Paid by The Business 238,768 3,855
Paid By Others - Non Federal Sources 24,015 453
Paid By Others - Federal Sources 31,909 1,680
Universities & Colleges Total 62,457 2,126
Federal Sources 37,714 1,171
Other Government Sources 3,718 179
Business 3,189 89
University &College Directly 12,965 590
Non-Profit Organizations 4,872 97
Other Non-Profits 6,553 119
States Internal NA 48
Federal 35,775 792
FFRDCs Total 17,718 0
FFRDCs - Federal NA 0
FFRDCs - Non-Federal NA 0

Florida Higher Education R&D (HERD) Spending

(Dollars in thousands - 000)
Source: National Science Foundation — Higher education R&D (HERD) expenditures, by geographic division, state, and source of funds: FY 2012
All R&D
Federal Government State & Local
Institution Funding Business Nonprofit
All Other Sources
US $65,774,524 $40,130,460 $3,704,365 $13,673,539 $3,281,809 $4,033,233 $951,118
Florida 2,210,425 1,182,680 163,671 655,667 96,296 90,851 21,260

See how higher education funding breaks down by the source of the funding and the science, technology, and engineering domain where it is spent.

Follow the Money | Spending by Source & Domain →

Scientists & Engineers

Population with college degrees, scientific or engineering degrees, and doctorates in S&E research domains.


All Degrees
Source: US Census Bureau, American Community Survey 2009
Total Population over 25 with College Degrees
Location All Degrees S&E Degrees S&E % Margin of
US 56,335,654 20,498,538 36.4% 0.1%
Florida 3,233,714 1,072,760 33.2% 0.4%
Future Scientists
High School Graduation Rates
US Total 80%
Florida 75%
Public high school 4-year adjusted cohort graduation rate 2011-2012, Source US Department of Education
Map of College Degrees by State

Doctorate Degrees
Source: NSF, NIH, USED, USDA, NEH, NASA, Survey of Earned Doctorates, 2012.
Location US Rank Doctorate Degrees Granted % of US Total
US 51,008
Florida 7 2,153 0.04%
Doctorate Granting Institutions

Two of the top 50 US doctorate-granting institutions are located in Florida. Florida State University granted 395 doctorates. University of Florida granted 692.


A look at the research focused institutions supporting the State's scientific presence.

Expenditures at Florida Higher Education R&D Institutions

SOURCE: National Science Foundation, National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics, Higher Education Research and Development Survey, FY 2012.
US Rank Institution All R&D Expenditures
  All institutions $65,774,524
23 University Florida 696,985
43 University South Florida, Tampa 443,206
61 University Miami 365,301
93 Florida State University 225,378
136 University Central Florida 121,653
137 Florida International University 118,058
178 Florida Atlantic University 65,377
197 Florida A&M University 52,263
249 Miami University 26,311
272 Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University 19,376
285 Florida Institute of Technology 17,100
287 University West Florida 16,221
300 Florida Gulf Coast University 14,393
307 Nova Southeastern University 12,908
365 University North Florida 7,031
389 University South Florida, St. Petersburg 5,488
586 Barry University 1,449
631 New College Florida 945
626 Stetson University 982
  Totals — Florida $2,210,425

Follow the Money | How Money Was Allocated to Florida Institutions →

Federal Research & Development Centers | US Master List →

Federal Laboratories

Source: Federal Lab Consortium

Federally Funded R&D Centers

There are no Federally Funded R&D Centers (FFRDCs) located in Florida.

About Scientific Presence

Indicia of Economic Growth, New Corporate Outposts and New Markets
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Scientific presence is a holistic look at science and technology activity in a particular location. Way Better Patents™ combines its own custom patent and innovation analytics with authoritative information on R&D spending, demographic data, STEM education information, economic data, grant data, information on patent owners, and the presence of young companies, the engines of most new job creation, to create each Scientific Presence Profile.
Scientific Presence metrics, when combined with information about new patented inventions, presents a picture of emerging inventive and innovative trends, nascent market development, the depth of scientific activity in a location, the companies establishing outposts in new locations beyond their corporate headquarters, and how many people are participating in these activities.
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