For a better experience, click the Compatibility Mode icon above to turn off Compatibility Mode, which is only for viewing older websites.


In the fiscal year 2016, industry collaborators sponsored over $11.9 million of support to Drexel University's research enterprise. While many sources of federal funding may be reduced in the future, industry research partnerships offer tremendous growth opportunities for investigators undertaking projects with profit potential.

Identifying Industry Funding Opportunities

There are three potential paths to initiating industry collaboration

  • PI is discovered and engaged by industry representative

  • PI identifies potential industry partners; an engagement plan is strategized

  • Drexel Corporate Relations staff researches and assists with engagement

Want to get connected?

  • Utilize university supports as detailed below

  • Leverage personal, institutional and business networks to find contacts

  • Market your expertise via various media and by publishing and being active at conferences

For more specific information on securing mutually beneficial academic-industry partnerships, please refer to the Industry Collaboration Tip Sheet [PDF].

Internal Resources for Industry Collaboration

  • Drexel Solutions Institute is the gateway for organizations to connect to Drexel University’s expertise and world-class resources to design custom interdisciplinary solutions tailored to your organization and its people.

Federal Resources for Industry Collaboration

The Small Business Innovation Research program encourages domestic small businesses to engage in Federal Research/Research and Development (R/R&D) that has the potential for commercialization. Similarly, the Small Business Technology Transfer program includes joint venture opportunities for small businesses and nonprofit research institutions to formally collaborate in Phase I and Phase II.