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Economic Impacts of Cal Poly

Cal Poly is a major economic engine on California's Central Coast, according to a study published in November 2014.

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Research at Cal Poly

Our office is here to support the research efforts of Cal Poly faculty and students.

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Grants Development Office

Contact the Grants Development Office for assistance in obtaining external funding.

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Cal Poly Technology Park

A home on campus for technology-based businesses.

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The Office of Research and Economic Development provides leadership and support to Cal Poly faculty and students in their pursuit of excellence in their research and creative efforts.


The Office proactively strives to foster an environment in which the research and creative accomplishments of faculty and students are encouraged and rewarded; seeks to identify and create opportunities for financial support of these activities; advocates for Cal Poly's research activities both on campus and at the local, state and national levels; and promotes the reputation of Cal Poly's research and scholarship locally, nationally and internationally. To achieve these ends the Office of Research and Economic Development, and its constituent Grants Development Office, collaborate with students, faculty, staff and administrators in programs, departments, colleges and administrative units of the University, with the Cal Poly Corporation, and with various private and governmental organizations.


We envision a University in which all faculty have the opportunity, and are encouraged, to engage in one of the four scholarships defined by Ernest Boyer, and affirmed in the Cal Poly Strategic Plan.


The Office of Research and Economic Development values and is committed to fostering:

  • life-long learning
  • creativity and innovation
  • excellence in education and scholarship
  • collegiality and inclusiveness
  • educational equity

For assistance, please see our Contact Us page.


Upcoming Presentation

"Development of Robots for Inspecting Buried Gas Pipelines" on May 5 at 4:00pm, a presentation by Reseach Scholar in Residence Dr. George Alers. The presentation will be held in Library 35-202A.

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Research Funding

RSCA Grants

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RFP for 2015-16

Economic Impacts of Cal Poly

Summary Highlights of Economic Impact Study (pdf) -- a two-page infographic highlighting key points.

"The Economic Impacts of California Polytechnic State University" (pdf) -- the complete report, November 2014.

Introduction of Economic Impact Study From Cal Poly President Jeff Armstrong -- a video from the Central Coast Economic Forecast, November 7, 2014.

Technology Park

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