Resources for Economic Development and Technology Transfer
Diversity of Resources
With its polytechnic focus, Cal Poly provides a wide range of resources for industries ranging from agriculture to engineering to business. These resources include:
- Faculty expertise, particularly in areas such as engineering, agriculture, architecture, graphic communication, business, science and mathematics
- Students with specialized skills and knowledge at both the undergraduate and graduate levels
- Specialized centers and institutes
- Specialized equipment and facilities
- Grants Development Office, which has staff experienced with grant and contract proposal preparation, negotiation and funding sources, as well as electronic databases and search services
- Office of Research and Economic Development, which assists businesses with locating university resources and navigating intellectual property issues.
Another important resource is Cal Poly’s Robert E. Kennedy Library. In addition to its extensive book and periodical collection, which is accessible to the general public, the Cal Poly library provides access to more than 100 electronic information databases, including specialized business, science and technology online databases. Coverage ranges from indexes and abstracts to full text. The library also offers sources for scientific, technical, and medical research, as well as comprehensive indices to journals, conference proceedings, technical reports and other documents relating to agriculture and information systems.
All library resources are accessible in the library, on campus and remotely to students, faculty and staff of the university, and may be provided to companies engaged in collaborative applied research projects and to occupants of the Cal Poly Technology Park.
- The Office of Research & Economic Development (ORED) provides leadership and support to Cal Poly faculty and students in their pursuit of excellence in graduate education and in their research and creative efforts.
- The Cal Poly Small Business Development Center for Innovation was established to meet the specialized needs of technology-based small businesses of San Luis Obispo County.
- Cal Poly Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship takes advantage of Cal Poly’s “Learn by Doing” approach combined with the support of an active group of faculty, mentors and advisors to develop a vibrant community of innovators and entrepreneurs.
- Innovation Quest (IQ) was founded as a non-profit, philanthropic corporation by successful Cal Poly graduates and business leaders interested in giving back and enhancing innovation at the same time.
- SLO HotHouse is a community space that has been created through the efforts of Cal Poly, the San Luis Obispo Community, and the Cal Poly Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship to support students and community members alike as they work to create new innovations and start business ventures
- The Grants Development Office (GDO) provides information, guidance, and services to Cal Poly faculty, administrators, and senior staff engaged in extramurally funded research, curriculum development, and community service projects
- Economic Vitality Corporation of San Luis Obispo provides assistance with site location, building permits, business financial assistance and loans, a trailing spouse job network, and other critical resources.
- San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce serves the business community with business news, community information, a searchable directory of county businesses and more.
- Softec is the central coast's software and technology association.
Research Funding Resources
The Grants Development Office website provides a list of links providing funding opportunities. Also, funding resources may be available through the San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce and the Economic Vitality Corporation of San Luis Obispo.