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Office of Economic Development For Faculty & Students
Research and teaching inherently impact the economy of the regions where they take place.

Discoveries made in the lab can translate into improvements for industry and quality of life. They can lead to new products and companies that result in more jobs. Students who have hands on experience are better prepared for the workforce. Curriculum based in local industry needs provides direct access to talent.The resources provided here benefit faculty and students looking to take their research to market, expand their entrepreneurial and engagement skills, and much more.

Resources for Faculty and Students

Funding Opportunities

WSU offers internal funding and resources for commercialization and entrepreneurship activities. Washington state and other external sources provides support for industry-sponsored research and more.     

Entrepreneurial Faculty Ambassadors

EFA is a peer-to-peer mentoring network that aims to spur transdisciplinary innovation, and support faculty interested in developing activities that have positive economic and societal impacts.

Element 8 Fellowships

Undergraduates, graduate students and post-doc researchers are eligible to apply for fellowships with Element 8, a leading investment firm in Washington state.

Alaska Airlines Travel Awards

Faculty and students working in areas related to Alaska Airlines Imagine Tomorrow’s competition categories can apply for travel awards.