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The Corporate Engagement and Innovation (CEI) unit, within the Office of Research and Economic Development, serves as a single point of contact for all for-profit research and development engagement activities. Additionally, CEI serves as the pre-award office for non-profit/foundation sponsored project proposals and SBIR/STTR proposals. CEI supports three main functions: Industry Sponsored Research; Technology Transfer; and Applied Innovation.

CEI assists faculty and researchers with proposal development and negotiating agreements with for-profit companies, including confidentiality and collaboration agreements as well as research contracts. CEI supports researchers in assessing their ideas for patent or IP protection through the technology transfer office and subsequently marketing and commercializing those innovations with industry partners. CEI also manages Cal Poly's Technology Park and industry collaborations. 


Faculty Researchers

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Several different mechanisms are available to work with industry partners depending on the type of collaboration.

Learn about working with industry in your classroom or on your research projects.

Industry Collaborators

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Cal Poly welcomes the opportunity to join with private companies in partnerships that are mutually beneficial.

Learn how collaborating with Cal Poly researchers can improve your business or product.


Technology Transfer

Various Scientific Concepts


Cal Poly has an active technology transfer program helping translate the university's intellectual property into commercial practice for public good. 

Learn about working with Cal Poly to commercialize innovations.

Technology Park

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Cal Poly's hands-on approach to learning and research translates into need-based, practical innovations for business. 

Learn about working with Cal Poly to meet your business goals.

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