Innovation Gateway

Getting started on Innovation Gateway is simple

STEP 1

Review industry needs posted and updated regularly on this Innovation Gateway site (within the timeframe provided).

STEP 2

Provide information about your research in a simple and brief online form called a 4-Block.

STEP 3

Respond to requests for information, follow-on discussions and meetings from OIP.

STEP 4

Track progress on Innovation Gateway (using your secure Penn State ID to log in)

STEP 5

Begin an enriching research partnership.

Sign in to Innovation Gateway using your PSU ID.

Search for funding opportunities, manage your account, and more.

Roles and Responsibilities

OIP

  • Engage with Industry
  • Identify needs and confirm desire to sponsor research
  • Confirm funding and funding mechanism
  • Translate needs into brief and detailed descriptions
  • Post RFP / RFI / RTP to the Innovation Gateway
  • Facilitate PSU response to industry request

Faculty

  • Update and maintain your profile
  • Respond promptly to Opportunities that interest you by completing a 4Block
  • Be available to conference calls or face to face meetings with industry
  • Prepare Statement of Work, Budget, Export Control (if required) and any other materials required by sponsor
  • Perform research project
  • Post-Project Report

Types of Partnerships

Innovation Gateway opportunities typically fall into 3 categories:

1. Request for Proposal (RFP) – Used when a company has identified one or more specific challenges or technical needs, is looking for proposed solutions, and has a budget to fund a sponsored research project.

2. Request for Information (RFI) – Used when a company has an ongoing need for new technology and is seeking a faculty researcher with relevant expertise and an interest in collaboration.

3. Request to Partner (RTP) – Used when a company is looking for a university research faculty member or team to partner in response to an open or planned federal grant.