USF, Mote Marine propose collaboration
After working together on various research projects for years, officials with USF and the Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota want to more formally collaborate with a multimillion dollar partnership that focuses on marine biology research, water, sharks and other areas.
The two would form a direct support organization that aims to make the two entities stronger by pooling resources.
But the proposed deal hinges largely on state money, no guarantee in these lean budget times. USF will seek $6-million in annual, recurring dollars from the state plus $10-million in one-time money.
Mote is pledging $4.5-million from its research endowment.
"Like anyone else, we will have to make a compelling case as to the benefits of this for the state," said Provost Ralph Wilcox.