What differentiates Cal Poly from other universities is our unique focus on applied research and “learn-by doing” philosophy. This approach creates a superb environment for business partnerships, non-profit engagement, technology transfer, and high-tech economic development. Our polytechnic, interdisciplinary focus gives us a great advantage in solving today’s scientific and technical challenges - which often cross traditional academic disciplines.
The Corporate Engagement and Innovation (CEI) unit at Cal Poly leverages our human and physical capital in the following areas:
- For-profit (industry) research and development projects/programs
- Pre-award services for non-profit/foundation sponsored project proposals
- SBIR/STTR research and development engagement activities
- Technology Transfer – Commercialization of Faculty/Student/Staff Research
- High-Tech Economic Development / 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.
Several different mechanisms are available to work with industry partners depending on the type of collaboration.
Cal Poly welcomes the opportunity to join with private companies in partnerships that are mutually beneficial.
Cal Poly has an active technology transfer program helping translate the university's intellectual property into commercial practice for public good.
Cal Poly's hands-on approach to learning and research translates into need-based, practical innovations for business.