PUBLIC UNIVERSITY RESEARCH IN FLORIDA – As recently reported, Florida’s public universities rose from No. 5 to No. 4 in national research rankings, and increased its research awards by 8 percent even as funding fell 5 percent nationwide. Florida’s rise in the research arena is seen as an economic boon for the state, with Florida’s universities turning $2.2 billion in research activity into a $6.6 billion economic impact. The National Academy of Inventors recently recognized five of Florida’s public universities as being in the Top 100 for producing utility patents, the most of any state, and for the second year in a row U.S. News & World Report named Florida the top state in the country for higher education. For more on that higher education ranking, visit

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