Research

Penn State Platform Connects Researchers to Industry Funding

Source: Pennsylvania State University.

Pennsylvania State University (PSU) has launched an online hub for its researchers to collaborate with industry professionals, obtain funding and increase commercialization opportunities. Created by PSU’s Office of Industrial Partnerships (OIP), the Innovation Gateway is designed to connect PSU researchers to the technical challenges of industry.

The Innovation Gateway allows PSU researchers to respond to the following types of industry opportunities:
  • Request for Proposal, used when a company identifies specific challenges or technical needs and provides funding to solve issues;
  • Request for Information, used when a company has an ongoing need for new technology and requires expertise on a particular area of research; and
  • Request to Partner, used when a company is looking for a university researcher to partner on a project.

“There are many ways for faculty to stay connected to federal research organizations, but no equivalent for industry research partnerships,” said Jeff Fortin, associate vice president for research and OIP director, in a statement. “With Innovation Gateway, the OIP provides faculty with an unprecedented level of service in building those partnerships.

The platform is exclusive to PSU researchers. Several companies have already taken advantage of the Innovation Gateway and posted opportunities. The Volvo Group, Westinghouse, WR Systems, United Technologies and Sherwin Williams are among the first to post on the platform, and Fortin said more companies will join in the coming weeks.

To learn more, visit the Innovation Gateway site.

About the Author

Sri Ravipati is Web producer for THE Journal and Campus Technology. She can be reached at sravipati@1105media.com.

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