Research Commercialization

The College of Agricultural Sciences is committed to fostering technology development and bringing research to the marketplace through the transfer of technologies to existing and start-up companies.

With substantial support from the Office of Research and Graduate Education, the College of Agricultural Sciences has committed to building a new generation of entrepreneurs and innovators within the faculty and students. Research Application for INovation (RAIN) grants program, offers competitive funds for college researchers to translate their results to the marketplace. The college partners with the Office of Industrial Partnership to identify industrial partnership opportunities and connect college researchers to the technical challenges and needs of industry.

Entrepreneurship News

Food science graduate students Weslie Khoo and Haoshu Zhang promoted the health and sustainability benefits of crickets as an ingredient in pasta.
Would You Eat Crickets?
August 29, 2017
Penn State food science graduate students are creating a new pasta fortified with cricket flour. They talked up the advantages of eating crickets and their new Bold Foods brand with visitors to Ag Progress Days.
Entomologist Dr. Kelli Hoover points out damage from emerald ash borer — the target for a new treatment for wood she invented with Dr. John Janowiak, wood products professor
Pest-Killing Wood Treatment Invention Wins $75,000 to Reach Market
August 22, 2017
Entomologist Dr. Kelli Hoover and Wood Products Professor Dr. John Janowiak invented a fast and new pest-killing treatment for wood to prevent destruction from pests like emerald ash borer.
Penn State plant geneticist Majid Foolad (center) and plant biology/plant science Ph.D. students Mengyuan Jia and  Sihui Gao tend tomatoes to develop a variety tailored to Pennsylvania.
Video: New Tomato for Pennsylvania wins $75,000 to Reach Market
August 22, 2017
Penn State Plant Geneticist Dr. Majid Foolad is developing new tomato varieties. He won a $75,000 research commercialization grant from the Entrepreneurship & Innovation Program at Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences to bring the new varieties to market.