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Partnership Opportunities

Research Partnerships

There are several ways corporate partners can benefit from RIT research. In all cases, RIT will connect your company to individuals with the expertise to develop knowledge and solutions to your industry’s specific needs.

  • Sponsored research projects – companies can provide funding to pursue a defined research project specific to their needs. A detailed proposal and agreement will be created, outlining required deliverables, intellectual property agreements, etc. In the case of faculty-led research, information may or may not be proprietary.

  • Named professorships and research posts – companies are invited to provide funding to establish a professorship or research post in a field related to their industry. These prestigious posts are awarded for a defined period of years, and are based on the joint research interests of the sponsor and the professor. Several RIT positions are generously supported by company funding. For example:

    • Gannett Distinguished Professor in the School for Media Sciences

    • The Bausch + Lomb Associate Professor in microsystems engineering

    • The Gleason Professor of Mechanical Engineering

    • Intel Professor in Microsystems

  • Named research center or laboratory – by providing support for equipment and research seed funding in a specific laboratory or research center, a company can ensure that their name is associated with industry leading activities within the facility. Companies have varying degrees of involvement in defining the specific projects within the laboratory. Some examples of current named research facilities include:

    • The Analog Devices Integrated Microsystems Lab

    • The American Packaging Corporation Center for Packaging Innovation

    • The REDCOM Telecommunications Systems Lab

    • The Toyota Production Systems Lab

    • The Knorr-Bremse Mechatronics Lab

    • The Sprint Relay Lab

To learn how your company can connect with researchers and research work at RIT, contact Paul Harris, Executive Director of Corporate Relations, at paul.harris@rit.edu.

Recruiting & Cooperative Education

Experiential education. Every university claims to have it, but RIT can prove it. We do more to demystify the work world through cooperative education, multidisciplinary design projects, and curriculum innovation than most of our peer universities or colleges.

The result? Our students are career-ready, even before they graduate, and they bring that hands-on, game-on mindset to your company.

Multi-point Strategic Partnerships

RIT impacts industries across the spectrum through applied research, solutions development, workforce education, and more. Many of our faculty members have significant and successful experience in industry, and they bring that perspective to the classroom and lab.

Our strategic partners have said that RIT redefined the idea of a university/company partnership, and changed their expectations of the results that were possible working with higher education. If you want a partner that will assist your business model across your entire company, few universities offer the breadth and depth of RIT.