Read about the latest projects, initiatives and happenings for the Strategic Partnerships and Engagement team.

Princeton among Top 100 U.S. universities for patents
June 6, 2024

Princeton is among the Top 100 U.S. universities granted U.S. utility patents in rankings released this week by the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). 

Princeton was listed at No. 50 on the list, which NAI said was based on data obtained from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on patents granted in 2023.


PACRI meeting brings together partner research teams from Princeton and five HBCUs
Feb. 16, 2024

More than 100 professors, postdoctoral researchers and students from Princeton and five historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) met on campus Feb. 2-3 to share results from their research collaborations and to spark ideas for further discovery and innovation.

With corporate research partnerships rising, Princeton creates industry contracting team
Jan. 16, 2024

As research collaborations between Princeton and industry continue to grow, the volume and complexity of the associated agreements has increased. To handle these matters, a specialized team has been set up in the Office of Research and Project Administration (ORPA), in partnership with the Office of Corporate Engagement and Foundation Relations (CEFR). “These streamlined administrative procedures will serve Princeton’s expanding corporate partnerships well,” says Dean for Research Peter Schiffer.

A Princeton humanities project shares a vast digital ‘Miracles of Mary’ collection
Dec. 21, 2023


Wendy Laura Belcher, professor of comparative literature and African American studies, has led a major research project about a huge collection of Virgin Mary stories from the African continent, which have never been the subject of deep, wide-ranging scholarship outside of Ethiopia. Five years of work by a primarily…

Trade mission to Asia sparks new interest in research collaborations with Princeton
Nov. 14, 2023

Trade mission to Asia sparks new interest in research collaborations with Princeton

      Representatives of Princeton University spent more than a week traveling in Japan, South Korea and Taiwan on a New Jersey economic development trade mission led by Gov. Phil Murphy, strengthening ties and…

Princeton-HBCU research collaborations continue with 10 new projects
Oct. 26, 2023

Researchers at Princeton and four historically Black colleges and universities have begun working jointly on 10 new projects funded by the Princeton Alliance for Collaborative Research and Innovation (PACRI). From the natural sciences to social sciences to the humanities and to engineering, the projects address some of the most challenging issues of our time,

Waters Corporation and Princeton Sign Multi-Year Research Collaboration
June 26, 2023

Princeton and the Waters Corporation recently signed a multi-year research agreement  that "will enable scientists, faculty, and students to work together to bring their diverse skills and backgrounds to solve complex challenges in biochemistry and materials science." 

The collaboration will center on the University's

Nominations Open for 2023 Princeton Distinguished Innovation Award
June 13, 2023
The award is open to all Princeton faculty in all disciplines.

Now in its fourth year, the Dean for Research Award for Distinguished Innovation recognizes a technology or innovation led by a Princeton faculty member whose scholarly activity and creative thinking provides solutions to societal challenges. The award will be presented…

Peter Schiffer named Princeton’s next dean for research
June 2, 2023

Schiffer will succeed Pablo Debenedetti, the Class of 1950 Professor in Engineering and Applied Science and a professor of chemical and biological engineering, who will continue as dean for research through Aug. 27.

“I am honored and excited,” said Schiffer, who will also join the Department of Physics as a professor. “Princeton is a…

Princeton research activity hits new milestone
April 12, 2023

“Our researchers are making discoveries that benefit the planet and people’s lives, as well as exploring the big, curiosity-driven questions about the nature of the world and the universe around us,” said Princeton Dean for Research Pablo G. Debenedetti, the Class of 1950…

Historic house, new home
Feb. 22, 2023

Princeton University completed moving the former Court Club, one of the University’s eating clubs, on Friday, Feb. 17, after months of meticulous preparation and eight days after first rolling the building away from its original foundation.

The sight of the massive structure — lifted about eight feet into the air and set atop a…

Proposals due March 1 for Princeton-HBCU collaborative research program
Feb. 3, 2023

The Office of the Dean for Research invites proposals by March 1 for collaborative research projects through the Princeton Alliance for Collaborative Research and Innovation (PACRI).


91 Prospect ready to claim a new address
Jan. 20, 2023

Update as of Feb. 15: 91 Prospect was rotated 180 degrees this morning and is being prepared for its move across the street to 110 Prospect. The move will begin as early as Thursday and should be completed on Friday. The following story was written in preparation for the move.

Princeton University will move the historic…

Debenedetti to step down after 10 years as dean for research
Nov. 22, 2022

Dean for Research Pablo Debenedetti, the Class of 1950 Professor in Engineering and Applied Science and a professor of chemical and biological engineering, will step down from his position as dean on June 30. He plans to take a sabbatical during the 2023-24 academic year and then retire from the University.

“It has been a true…

Princeton University-HBCU Partnerships Launch First Research Projects
Nov. 1, 2022

Ten research collaborations between Princeton University faculty and their peers at historically Black colleges and universities (HBCU) have been selected to receive support through the Princeton Alliance for Collaborative Research and Innovation (PACRI). These are the first projects to be launched through the groundbreaking alliance

Find research funding. Build external collaborations. CEFR website reimagined to better assist you.
Oct. 13, 2022

“Princeton University welcomes partnerships with industry, foundations, nonprofits, and government to accelerate research, scholarship and innovation.” 

Supporting the development of research partnerships is the guiding purpose of the Office of Corporate Engagement and Foundation Relations. And CEFR’s new website, now located…

Ludwig Cancer branch at Princeton unveils website, recruits researchers, calls for proposals
Sept. 6, 2022

The Princeton Branch of the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research is actively recruiting faculty and researchers and also calling for research funding proposals.

The funding proposal…

New title for CEFR's Pilotti
Aug. 26, 2022

CEFR Director Coleen Burrus is delighted to announce that Jessica Pilotti has a new title, CEFR Business Manager. Jessica joined the CEFR team in 2014 as a Research Accounting Specialist. Her new title better reflects the wide scope of her responsibilities on the CEFR team. 

In addition to handling business matters for the CEFR…

Effective Aug. 15, 2022, research operations return to Level 1 (Normal Operations)
Aug. 8, 2022

Effective August 15, 2022, research operations will return to Level 1 (Normal Operations) of the Plan for the Resumption of On-Campus Research

Level 1: Normal Operations…
CEFR welcomes new teammates
July 27, 2022

The team of friendly faces ready to assist you in the Office of Corporate Engagement and Foundation Relations has seen some changes in the first half of 2022. Please join us in welcoming three new team members.

Sacha Patera, Senior Associate CEFR Director, joins Princeton from Rutgers

Alexandra “Sacha” Patera joined CEFR as a Sr…

Princeton and First Republic Bank Launch Research and Learning Initiative
June 15, 2022

Princeton University and First Republic Bank have kicked off a new partnership.

On June 6-10, 31 FRB executives came to Princeton's campus for the inaugural workshop of the Princeton-First Republic Bank Research & Lifelong Learning Initiative. The event was the first of three to be held at Princeton, supported by a grant that…

Craig B. Arnold appointed vice dean for innovation
May 10, 2022

Arnold will be the University’s second vice dean for innovation, a role established in 2020 to provide academic leadership for innovation and entrepreneurship activities across campus.

“Craig Arnold exemplifies the entrepreneurial spirit of Princeton,” said Princeton University Dean for Research…

Princeton partners with UNCF and HBCUs to expand research and innovation
May 4, 2022

Princeton University is partnering with UNCF (United Negro College Fund) and five historically Black colleges and universities to launch a groundbreaking program designed to enable research collaborations between Princeton faculty and their peers at HBCUs.

In the initial phase, Princeton researchers and researchers from Howard…

HAX accelerator chose Newark headquarters location for proximity to top universities like Princeton
April 5, 2022

"When we started digging into Newark, we found it was the perfect intersection of what we do," said Winther, according to "The hypothesis for coming to Newark is coming true fairly quickly."

Back in September 2021, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy…

A Princeton-Microsoft project is tracing the digital fingerprints of disinformation
April 1, 2022

With reports of foreign interference during the 2016 presidential election campaign still circulating in the media and in political and academic circles as the 2018 midterms elections approached, Princeton professor of politics and international affairs Jacob Shapiro recommended a conference focusing on Russian disinformation campaigns.

Hultmark team honored at 42nd Annual Edison Patent Awards
March 10, 2022

Marcus Hultmark, associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, and his colleagues Clayton Byers, Yuyang Fan and Matthew Fu, received a 2021 Edison Patent Award from the Research and Development Council of New Jersey (RDNJ). The Council presented thirteen awards to New Jersey inventors and companies to honor the year’s best…

Annual Princeton innovation conference highlighted University's initiative to transform research into societal benefit
Jan. 20, 2022

Honoring a legacy of innovation, entrepreneurial spirit and passion for collaboration, Princeton University hosted Engage 2021, its second annual innovation and entrepreneurship conference. The event was live-streamed online December 1-2, and included…

Tech pioneers to headline Engage 2021 conference on innovation and entrepreneurship
Nov. 23, 2021

Engage 2021, Princeton’s second annual innovation and entrepreneurship conference, will be held online Dec. 1 and 2. The conference, which is free and open to everyone, offers opportunities to learn about, and catalyze, the transformation of discoveries into innovations that benefit society — from biomedicine and clean energy to wireless,…

With SEAS dean Goldsmith’s support, NJ lands hard-tech HAX accelerator in Newark, helping catalyze regional tech hub
Sept. 20, 2021
HAX latest in Princeton-related boosts to regional innovation system

In an initiative supported by Princeton University, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced Sept. 16 that venture capital firm SOSV has selected Newark, N.J., to establish the U.S. headquarters for HAX, its program for launching early-stage "hard tech" companies focused…

Princeton Innovation Fund supports two new environmental research collaborations with industry
July 26, 2021

Nine exploratory research projects have been selected to receive support from the Dean for Research Innovation Fund, including two environmental research projects that establish new collaborations with industry partners. These research projects are in the early stages of investigation — a time when research funding can be difficult to secure…

Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research and Princeton University partner to ‘push the frontiers’ on diet, metabolism and cancer
April 13, 2021

Princeton University is the home of a new branch of the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, an international community of distinguished scientists dedicated to preventing and controlling cancer.

The Ludwig Princeton Branch will focus on cancer metabolism and its promise for new and better ways to prevent and treat cancer, addressing…

Princeton announces new programs to expand innovation and entrepreneurship for societal benefit at Engage 2020 conference
Nov. 16, 2020

Princeton University’s Vice Dean for Innovation Rodney Priestley announced three new programs that aim to build a better future through research and scholarship at Engage 2020, the University’s innovation and entrepreneurship conference held Nov. 4-6.

"Innovation at…

Princeton Announces Engage 2020, New Innovation and Entrepreneurship Conference
Oct. 14, 2020

The mission of Princeton University will be brought to life in a new way through Engage 2020, the inaugural innovation and entrepreneurship conference scheduled for November 4-6, 2020. Presented by the Princeton innovation and entrepreneurship team and its campus partners, Engage 2020 will offer more than 50 live, online…

President Eisgruber honored as innovation leader in New Jersey
Nov. 15, 2019
Princeton President Christopher L. Eisgruber was recognized as the 2019 Educator of the Year by the Research and Development Council of New Jersey at the council's 40th annual Thomas Alva Edison Patent Awards. Eisgruber was honored for his leadership of the University's efforts to connect research to real-world problems and solutions.


Faculty Research Forum offers community, knowledge for new professors
Oct. 21, 2019

Where can I find funding to support a new research project? Should we patent our invention? What resources are available to help publish my next book?

These are some of the questions that newly hired faculty members — all of whom conduct research in addition to teaching — ask as they start their research programs at Princeton.

Princeton's innovation ecosystem efforts in Central NJ featured in national trade publication
Feb. 26, 2019
University-industry publication examines Princeton's activities to support innovation in central New Jersey

'“Princeton’s long-standing commitment to growing the innovative ecosystem is clear,” says Jose Lozano, President and CEO of Choose New Jersey...'

Princeton University's efforts to take on the…

Celebrating innovation: Event honors faculty inventions and entrepreneurial spirit
Nov. 12, 2018

Technologies and discoveries with the potential to make a difference in everyday lives lined the tables and booths at Princeton University's 10th annual Celebrate Princeton Innovation reception. Over 300 guests attended the event Thursday, Nov. 8, at the Frick Chemistry Laboratory.


NJBiz: NJ college officials tout benefits of business relationships with higher ed
June 20, 2018

Higher education, business community: 'Vibrant connections'.

NJ Biz, June 20, 2018.
CEFR director Coleen Burrus participated in a panel on building relationships between industry and higher…

CEFR's Burrus testifies to NJ Assembly Committee
Feb. 2, 2018
New Jersey Assembly Committee on Science, Technology and Innovation

On February 1, 2018, Coleen Burrus, Director of Princeton University's Office of Corporate Engagement and Foundation Relations, testified before the first meeting of the New Jersey Assembly Committee for Science,…

NJ Biz: Promoting Princeton: University making push to engage businesses to spur partnerships and collaborations
Feb. 13, 2017

 "Coleen Burrus added one word to her title shortly after being hired by Princeton University in spring 2015. Director of corporate and foundation relations quickly became director of corporate engagement and foundation relations. The simple…