Dr. Judy Genshaft

University of South Florida

“By working together through the Chamber, Tampa Bay institutions…play an important role in strengthening our economy and our community.”

Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz

Stetson University College of Law

"… The Greater Tampa Chamber has been instrumental in helping our students become better prepared for the demands of the marketplace.”

Dr. Ronald L. Vaughn

The University of Tampa

“... Appreciates our continuing partnership with the Chamber to build a better community, develop future leaders and strengthen businesses.”

Dr. Kenneth Atwater

Hillsborough Community College

"Being actively involved with the Chamber has helped us forge relationships that have benefited HCC as a whole.”

Dr. Bill Lennox

Saint Leo University

"Chamber membership has been an exceptional way to strengthen our ties to the community and provide opportunities for our students and faculty."

What is a research partnership?

A research partnership is a collaboration between a business entity and an educational institution that is formally defined to investigate and potentially resolve specific challenges identified by the sponsoring business.  A research partnership is led by a faculty member of an educational institution and, in most cases, will employ undergraduate or graduate level students during the duration of the partnership.  The intellectual property rights associated with the outcomes of the partnership are negotiated and defined at the onset of the partnership.

How are the institutions compensated for the research?

Institutions are compensated directly by the business for which they are providing research services.  The business and the institution will establish a goal for the partnership, establish a scope of services, and define cost and fees as applicable. 

What are the specialties of the individual institutions?

Each institution participating in Education Connection has unique strengths.  Please contact the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce or completing the inquiry form located at http://www.tampachamber.com/Involvement/Education-Connection/Education-Connection-inquiry.aspx to discuss your specific needs and to be referred to the most applicable institution.