The Office of Industrial Outreach


The Office of Industrial Outreach was created in 2013 as part of UF’s Research Program Development. The goal of our office is to connect industry with UF’s world-class talent and resources through successful collaboration and meaningful, invaluable partnerships.

By connecting the world’s brightest minds with the world’s greatest companies or organizations, Industrial Outreach seeks to spark innovation and research development through collaboration.

Strengthening the Region

UF also actively collaborates with the local Chamber of Commerce. We often serve as a university liaison to a variety of economic development agencies in the region, and we provide university access and support for company attraction, faculty consulting and technology commercialization activities.

Through programs like the Florida High Tech Corridor, we offer joint research funding opportunities and training for academic entrepreneurs, provide licensing opportunities for companies, facilitate the commercialization process, and coordinate networking and technical assistance to support the development of companies and technologies in the region.

Contact Us

Meet Cherrie Hughes

Cherrie Hughes joined the Research Program Development team in the Office of Research in December 2015 to serve as Assistant Director for Industrial Outreach.

As Assistant Director, she works closely with UF faculty, statewide institutes, research-focused entities, and other stakeholders to facilitate research interest, partnerships, collaboration, and funding.

Previously, she worked at the University of Maryland, in the Maryland Industrial Partnerships (MIPS) program at the A. James Clark School of Engineering. She recruited Maryland companies and faculty to the program and managed the program’s proposal to award lifecycle, its technical projects, and economic development metrics/tracking. She also created financial and administrative operations.

Have questions? Call 352-273-3052 or email Cherrie Hughes.

College-Specific Research Contacts

Name College Position Phone Number
Stephen Sugrue Medicine (Gainesville) Senior Associate Dean, Office of Research Affairs (352) 273-8475
Tina Bottini Medicine (Jacksonville) Assistant Dean, Research Affairs (904) 244-9922
Maureen Keller-Wood Pharmacy Executive Associate Dean (352) 273-7687
Forrest Masters Engineering Associate Dean of Research (352) 392-9537
Brian Harfe Liberal Arts and Sciences Associate Dean for Natural Sciences and Mathematics (352) 392-2230