Partner with RIT and put your business or organization on a path toward something amazing. Whether we’re collaborating on research, developing solutions for corporations, or helping you tap into our talented pool of students and alumni, RIT has the connections that lead to success.
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- Foundation Relations
- Government and Community Relations
- Boosting Visibility/Brand Building
- Recruit Students and Alumni
- Industry Solutions
- Research Partnerships
- Strategic Partnerships
- Technology Licensing
- Technology Business Incubator
- Corporate Education Programs
- Working with National Technical Institute for the Deaf
Work With Our Experts
RIT gives you access to experts who provide real solutions to real challenges. Whether you need help with a technical challenge, need some testing done, or would simply like some consultation from someone who knows your field, RIT faculty can be the connection to knowledge you need to succeed.
You can use this search tool to see whether RIT has an expert in your area of need. Please contact Adam Platzer, executive director of corporate relations, who can put you in touch with our subject area experts.
Private and corporate foundations are pivotal players in philanthropic support at RIT. Longstanding partnerships with foundations have helped to advance exciting projects in education innovation, the arts, science, health, imaging, computing, deaf and hard-of-hearing scholarship and more.
Through research support, scholarship funding, program pilots and operation funding, and a host of other grant opportunities, our foundation partners have helped RIT become one of the most unique and successful universities in the U.S., while advancing their foundation missions and positive change in the world.
Government and Community Relations
RIT’s Office of RIT Government and Community Relations serves as the university’s liaison with federal, state, and local government entities as well as community groups and organizations. We coordinate RIT’s participation in community events and manage special events that take place on the RIT campus. Our relationships between the university and all levels of government and the community at large result in funding and other types of support and strengthen RIT’s visibility and image in the community.
Boosting Visibility/ Brand Building
Creating awareness about your organization within RIT has lasting effects. From our talented students seeking a unique employment opportunity, to faculty and graduate research areas that align with your needs, to branding your business as a key partner to a cutting edge university – RIT can increase your organization’s visibility.
Recruit Students and Alumni
RIT's cooperative education (co-op) program provides our employer partners with the best and brightest talent for their workforce. Employers can mentor students as they perform full-time assignments in their field of study for three or six months. Our experienced Career Services team will help employer partners design a strong recruiting strategy, target innovative academic disciplines, and connect with students or graduates that best align with their business needs.
RIT takes great pride in being the go-to partner for your research needs. We provide a variety of standard agreements to stream-line your engagement with the university. Along with our standard Sponsored Research Agreement, we have an Applied Research Agreement to accommodate testing or other applied research projects not expected to generate new IP, Assigned Project Agreements for cases where a sponsor make be seeking IP ownership, and an Educational Agreement that can be used for training activities.
To learn about sponsored research contracting, contact:
RIT impacts industries across the spectrum through coordinated, strategically valuable relationships that include 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 their classrooms and labs. This makes RIT’s consultation more relevant and valuable to corporate partners than that of traditional academic partners.
RIT’s strategic partners have said that we 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.
The Intellectual Property Management Office manages RIT’s intellectual property portfolio and seeks to bring that IP to the marketplace through licensing or assignment. These technologies represent a wide diversity of market applications and range from invention disclosures to issued patents and from early-stage technologies to market-ready products and services.
Technology Business Incubator
RIT Venture Creations is a technology business incubator that provides a range of services for early to mid-seed stage startups to help them advance their businesses on their way to joining the ranks of viable, profitable businesses. Located at 125 Tech Park Drive, adjacent to the RIT campus, the RIT incubator is home to a NYSERDA-sponsored Clean Energy Incubator (CEI), part of the NY State Innovation Hot Spot program, and the point of contact for RIT’s Start-Up NY program.
Corporate Education Programs
RIT offers a broad variety of programs that can help your organization perform at top levels. Nearly every offering can be customized to solve your most immediate problems or build for the future. Plus your business will gain preferred access to RIT’s world-class faculty while we handle the administrative details, ensuring that your programs run smoothly and provide a high return on investment. RIT is also designated as a U.S. Department of Labor OSHA Training Institute Education Center.
RIT offers companies a comprehensive menu of corporate learning options, including:
- Micromasters programs through RITx.
- OSHA training programs.
- Lean Six Sigma, process improvement, and engineering training.
- Executive education in business and engineering.
- Customizable training and certificate programs in engineering and business
- Engineering technology
Training and education programs can be offered online, on campus, or on-site, and can include existing coursework, custom degrees, and stackable microcredentials. Our staff will work with you to determine the best mix of education choices to create your excellent workforce.
For more information on RIT’s corporate education options, contact:
Working With National Technical Institute for the Deaf
Deaf and hard-of-hearing co-op students and graduates can give your businesses a competitive advantage by bringing today’s high-tech skills and diversity to the workplace. NTID students and alumni are making a difference in corporations across the nation.
Learn more about working with the National Technical Institute for the Deaf