Northeastern University’s Center for Research Innovation (CRI) is an impact driven initiative bridging the gap between laboratory research and need-based solutions. The CRI serves as the University-wide portal between industry and leading-edge innovations from Northeastern’s use-inspired research portfolio.
The Center for Research Innovation staff knows business: we’ve started, grown and helped companies innovate. We are here to help your high-impact innovations succeed in the marketplace. Ask us about introductions to investors, channel partners, joint venture candidates and strategic partners.
Do you need to contact a company or identify current industry needs?
If your research or inventions could have relevance to industry, the CRI can introduce you to actively interested companies. If you are contemplating a line of research and would like to gauge industry reaction, we can help you secure feedback to inform the thrust of your research. Contact Joel Bresler for more details.
Does the CRI provide funding?
At any given time, the CRI is piloting new funding initiatives. The Venture Catalyst pilot program provides a portfolio of resources to students and recent alumni of Northeastern University to accelerate the translation of their innovations from lab to market:
Funding to develop an industry relevant prototype
An in-kind partnership with the appropriate college to provide faculty advisement, student support and lab or shop access
Participation in IDEA to learn the basics of business planning and pitching
Mentoring by a group of seasoned alumni with appropriate backgrounds
Introductions to past and current awardees
The Tech2Venture pilot program turns Tech Transfer on its head. Seasoned entrepreneurs are invited to apply to Tech2Venture and, upon acceptance, given access to some of the University’s most promising technologies. The entrepreneur is then awarded a grant to develop a business plan around a technology in order to bring it to commercialization. An option agreement positions them to license the technology should they choose to commercialize it.
Why transfer technology?
Over the past seven years, research activity at Northeastern has more than doubled. Northeastern’s cutting edge faculty focus their use-inspired research on solving the nation’s greatest challenges in health, security, and sustainability. The Center for Research Innovation connects private companies with the researchers and inventions that meet their business needs – now and in the rapidly evolving future. Our team of professionals all have business and entrepreneurial experience. We strive for a high level of responsiveness and service, moving with speed and flexibility.
The CRI team is agile and responsive – focused on the translation of University innovations into tangible solutions through licenses, spinouts and collaborations. Our dedication to establishing ongoing dialogue with industry informs Northeastern’s progressive research, enabling a productive balance between exploration and implementation.