The Partner of Choice
To solve the grand challenges facing society, you need to work side by side with leaders in the private, public and nonprofit sectors. At NC State, we know that world-changing research and scholarship are built on innovative partnerships. And we’ve shown time and again that those partnerships create jobs and improve lives by driving cutting-edge discoveries to market.
We make it simple for our partners to reap the fruits of university research — which is why they keep seeking us out. During the last two years alone, NC State has emerged to lead federally funded public-private efforts to build a new advanced manufacturing sector, develop novel techniques for data analysis, halt the spread of nuclear weapons and help farmers adapt to climate change.
There's a spirit of partnership at NC State.”
Stewart Witzeman, director of the Eastman Innovation Center
Working With Government
Local, state and federal government agencies look to NC State for assistance in training their staffs, providing services and conducting research that will remake the world for the better.
When the U.S. Army needs its special operations soldiers to receive rapid immersion in regions key to the nation’s strategic interests, it sends them to NC State’s Language Training Center. Our research serves to strengthen everything from local and large-scale infrastructure to the fabrics worn by first responders. And as the Department of Energy works to overhaul the national power grid, it turns to NC State to lead the way: At the FREEDM Systems Center, we’re helping to secure the future of American energy.
Joining Forces With NC State
What makes NC State a leader in partnership? A deep well of talent, an innovative approach that respects industry and an unflinching commitment to solving global challenges.
A One-Stop Shop
Through its Partnership Concierge, NC State collaborates with organizations big and small to tackle problems and find purposeful solutions.
Strengthening Business and Industry
NC State has a long, vibrant history of successful partnerships with individual companies and entire industry sectors. Our Technology Incubator helps high-tech entrepreneurs commercialize by giving them wide-ranging access to faculty, student and private-sector expertise on our Centennial Campus. And our Industry Expansion Solutions unit, the first of its kind in the United States, has helped North Carolina businesses grow and prosper for more than 50 years.
The Supply Chain Resource Cooperative draws on the thought leadership in our supply chain management curriculum — ranked sixth in the country by Bloomberg Businessweek — to extend the resources of corporate partners while giving students crucial real-world experience.
Our value to industry stems from more than just the resources we offer. We design business-friendly research agreements that make it easy for partners of all kinds to collaborate with NC State. And our Industry Alliances group connects our researchers with corporate and governmental partners on collaborative projects.
The Partnership Tool Kit
At the Constructed Facilities Laboratory, researchers test real-world infrastructure — from the foundations of the Freedom Tower to the rafters of RDU International Airport.
Businesses adopting new technologies can tap faculty know-how through resources such as the Center for Innovation Management Studies in the Poole College of Management.
An Innovative Campus
Home to more than 60 corporate, government and nonprofit partners, NC State’s Centennial Campus has received national recognition for its reinvention of collaborative research.
Serving the Greater Good
As a land-grant university, NC State carries a commitment to service in its DNA. For our Service Raleigh event — an annual day of service led by NC State Student Government and students in the university’s Park Scholarships program — thousands of student, faculty and staff volunteers partner with more than 60 community organizations to meet needs all over the Raleigh area.
Alongside its partners, NC State works to attack problems from every angle. On behalf of the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina, our Institute for Advanced Analytics has helped to better model the factors that bear on food insecurity. A senior design class built vacuum chambers to check whether dented cans are safe to consume. And industrial and systems engineers have lent their expertise to ensure donated food is distributed efficiently and fairly.