Technology Transfer Programs


Through state-federal-private sector partnerships--involving state general fund appropriations, program grants from federal agencies (e.g., EPA, NASA, NIH, and NSF), and matching funds from regional business--ND EPSCoR manages a comprehensive technology transfer program.


ND EPSCoR's strategy for supporting business and industry includes cost-sharing of salaries for upper-division college students and faculty who assist with research and development.


High-level expertise provided by students and faculty has contributed to the productivity and profitability of these businesses. Further, the over $100 million awarded to EPSCoR-supported researchers since 1986 has had over a $230 million total impact on the economy of North Dakota.

Students in Technology Transfer and Research (STTAR)

The Students in Technology Transfer And Research (STTAR) program provides upper-division students ( i.e., juniors through graduate students) in science, engineering, and mathematics with an opportunity to use their academic training and experience to address the most challenging science and technology-based problems faced by North Dakota companies. Although related to the more general cooperative education and internship programs offered throughout the state, the primary emphasis of STTAR is on research and development rather than sales and marketing. ND EPSCoR cost-shares the student salary.


Faculty in Technology Transfer (FITT)

Faculty from North Dakota universities provide high-level expertise on science and technology problems critical to North Dakota business and industry.

Product Design Center (PDC)

Product Design Center goal is to increase the opportunities for researchers to commercialize their work. PDC will facilitate connections between Chief Technology Officers, R & D Managers and other technical leaders in the private sector and faculty in the early stages of their research projects. These activities will assess the commercial potential of the proposed research project.