NC State is a research university built on a tradition of innovation and collaboration. Research, creativity, and scholarship play an important role in every college. It informs our teaching, enhances the experiences of our students, and fuels economic growth for our state.

The Office of Research, Innovation and Economic Development brings partners together with researchers — faculty, staff, postdocs, and students — to create a culture of innovation.

Global Recognition

This is an exciting time for NC State as our research programs gain momentum and global recognition. Recently NC State’s “smart transformers” were named one of the world’s ten most important emerging technologies in MIT’s Technology Review. We consistently rank among the top ten research universities in the country among universities without medical schools. Over the years, we’ve launched more than ninety startups, representing $1.5 billion in venture capital investment and 3,100 jobs in North Carolina alone. Centennial Campus, NC State’s research park, continues to be an extraordinary success story with visitors from all over the globe coming to learn about this innovative live-work-play-learn concept.

Working With Industry

The Office of Technology Transfer is an important partner for companies interested in licensing NC State intellectual property. Tech Transfer protects and promotes University research discoveries and intellectual property, and works with and guides industry partners. Venture Development, part of the tech transfer office, promotes the acceleration of start-ups by proactively focusing on promising technologies and providing customized services including mentoring by experienced entrepreneurs, business planning, and making connections to financial resources.

Help for Faculty, Staff, Postdocs, and Students

The University provides support and resources for the campus community. The Research Development Office recently launched REACH NC to make it easier to identify potential research partners and SPIN, a resource that improves our ability to find funding opportunities.

Sponsored Programs and Regulatory Compliance Services (SPARCS) assists faculty and staff in proposal submission, contract negotiation, awards management, and regulatory compliance.  It works closely with the Office of Contracts & Grants, which oversees post-award administration.

Centers + Institutes

Centers and Institutes are at the forefront of research, focusing on diverse areas such as transportation, climate studies, and coastal ecosystems. These interdisciplinary programs are essential to make transformational impact and address the complex issues facing our state, nation, and planet.