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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

Hunter Swisher, 2016 Plant Sciences graduate, CEO and Founder, Phospholutions (left) and Dr. Mark Gagnon, Harbaugh Entrepreneurship Scholar and Entrepreneurship Coordinator.
Signup for Ag Springboard student business pitch contest!
February 11, 2019
Ag Springboard — a GREAT opportunity for students to learn how to pitch ideas and compete to win $7,500!!!
Dr. Jeff Catchmark,  professor of agricultural and biological engineering, won the 2018 Research Innovators Award at the College of Agricultural Sciences.
Seeking Nominees for Research Innovator Award
January 21, 2019
Do you know an innovative researcher who is commercializing technologies generated through Penn State research? Nominations sought for the 2019 Research Innovator Award.
Animal-lover Megan McCunn pitched Sweet Dreams Pet Lodge and was an Ag Springboard 2017 finalist.
Dream Big. Ag Springboard can help you Make It Happen
January 10, 2019
Ag Springboard experience helps students stand apart from the crowd. Win $7,500 to make your big dream happen.