How can CU-Boulder help your business?

  • Want help developing your next product? Sponsor fundamental and applied research projects where your area of interest intersects with ours.
  • Have a specific need for expertise on an existing product? Our faculty and researchers may be able to help.
  • Need specialized testing or services? CU-Boulder has an extensive array of specialized equipment and testing capabilities that may be available for use by outside organizations.
  • Interested in licensing technology developed by CU researchers and ready for the commercial market? We have innovations ready to license.
  • Interested in sponsoring student projects? Many departments have students work on projects supported by industry specific to your area of interest.
  • Interested in hiring a current student for part-time work while attending school or for an internship? We can help spread the word.
  • Want to use a student intern but have limitations on hiring? We can make interns available on a contract basis. 
  • Want to hire a graduating student? We will help you make your presence known on campus and post your jobs.

See links below for information on the above.

Why do we do this? CU researchers are energized by meaningful and novel research. Faculty members are expected to conduct research or develop creative arts. Strengthening links to industry and business partners provides funding for relevant projects for faculty and students and helps define new areas of study that are relevant to our changing world. 

The Industry office's role is to facilitate the connection between businesses and campus units/personnel ready to engage in solving business problems. The office will support connections to all areas of the campus: research, career services, student employment, technology transfer, contributions, etc. The Industry office will also oversee the administrative details so that the team can start quickly on your project.

Let the Office of Industry Collaboration help connect you to the CU-Boulder resource of interest.

What type of expert support do you need?

Sponsored Research - working with you, our world-class experts can conduct fundamental or applied research in areas of mutual interest.  Contact the Industry Office for help in finding the research unit most closely tied to your area of interest. To find out more about the wide range of sponsored research at CU-Boulder, click here

Services - want some short term help or advice? At times, our research personnel have excess capacity. Talk with us about your needs and how we can help.

Consulting - some CU-Boulder faculty do consulting for businesses on a private basis to support work on your existing processes and products. CU-Boulder is not a party to these agreements. These do not use CU-Boulder facilities or utilize the intellectual property developed on other sponsored research projects.

Research Services - the CU-Boulder equipment and test capabilities are being gathered. The Research Services page will contain this information.

Looking for experts?

 contact us to send us an inquiry specifying your needs or 

explore the CU-Boulder website on your own, or

use VIVO, a searchable CU-Boulder database - Research and Expertise Across CU-Boulder  

Any approach is just fine with us.




Looking for current or past students to support your business needs? Providing opportunities to work with industry while obtaining academic credentials is valuable to both the student and employers. Student connections can be made through a specific college or the campus wide Career Services office. The following links will help. Or, call the Office of Industry Collaboration at 303-492-0800 for help in getting to the right group. 

Internships: Link to Internshp Program Overview/Employer Support

  • Contract Intern Program (CIP) is a unique way to add CU-Boulder students to your workforce without adding them to your headcount or payroll. CU-Boulder's Internship Program provides you with a great pool of intern candidates, then CIP takes care of the payroll administration, workers' compensation, and tax reporting.

Career Services: Learn more about Career Service offerings. Link to Career Services

  • Career Panels
  • Information Sessions/Presentations
  • On Campus Interviewing
  • Career Buffs System - Post your internships or permanent jobs for current or past graduates

  • Part-time student worker during school or summer? These jobs are not necessarily related to an area of study but are a real need for you. Post your  job through this group: Link to Student Employment 

Building Your On-Campus Presence: Link to Employer Presence
Student Projects: Industry partners have the opportunity to work university departments and faculty to provide students with hands-on, interactive experiences on proof of concept student projects. You can use this opportunity to meet and mentor students in your field. As you network with students and develop relationships, you can evaluate them for potential employment. You will receive specific deliverables and intellectual property rights resulting from Course Project (students will sign an agreement acknowledging this right). 

Mentoring: Build your relationship with students while cultivating and supporting skill and career development. Link to Mentoring Benefits/Resources



Continuing Education programs offer areas to enhance and develop the skills of your team. Programs are available at different times to allow your employees the flexibility of completing within busy time schedules. Areas include:

  • Boulder Evening
  • Independent Learning
  • Access and High School Concurrent
  • International English Center
  • CU Complete - This program assists former students in the completion of degrees they began at CU in the past.
  • Office for University Outreach - CU-Boulder faculty and students provide outreach programs to extend educational opportunities to the citizens of Colorado.
  • Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Program
  • Extraodinary Program - Academic departments can offer special courses that target audiences both on and off campus and provide academic credit for those offerings. Programs initiated from outside the university community may be considered for approval by Continuing Education as well as noncredit and certificate programs.
  • Summer Sessions and Maymester
  • Center for Advanced Engineering & Technology Education
Additional department specific programs include:


There are always enrichment activities occurring sponsored by CU - Boulder for both your employees and their families. 

The University of Colorado Technology Transfer Office provides IP management and commercialization support to researchers at CU and serves as a liaison for industry partners interested in licensing and commercializing CU technologies.

The TTO website has links to areas for business explaining the licensing process and technologies available for licensing.


CU-Boulder Research Initiatives have long provided an opportunity for faculty members in multiple departments to work together with shared research facilities and professional research personnel. New initiatives go beyond those activities, in a less formal manner, to encourage coordination and collaboration across broader fields involved in related issues. Below are links to just a few of our specialty areas. We will help connect you to these and any other areas of interest.

Aerospace - Several campus units are national leaders in these fields. The Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) is considered by some to be the premier space research lab in the country and has been involved in space missions since the 1960's working with both private and federal partners. CU-Boulder’s AeroSpace Ventures is a collaboration among aerospace engineering and earth and space science faculty, students, government labs, and industrial researchers working together to bring innovative aerospace solutions to society’s most complex problems.

Biotechnology - The CU BioFrontiers Institute is creating collaborations among the university's most talented faculty in chemical and biological engineering, molecular, cellular, and developmental biology; neuroscience; medicine; and biophysics to advance human health and fuel the growth of Colorado's biotech industry. Nineteen (19) new start-up businesses have been formed in the past 5 years. This institute advances human health and welfare by conducting research in critical frontiers of unkown biology and translating new knowledge to practical applications. Education plays a key role as a new generation of interdisciplinary scientists are empowered to work together to push the boundaries of human knowledge and reap its benefits. 

Computational Science and Engineering - The College of Engineering and Applied Science at CU-Boulder is a tier-one professional school—one of the top-ranked engineering schools in the nation. Many speciality areas are available such as Design Center Colorado. The Department of Computer Science engages in cutting edge research projects from harnessing the power of big data to modeling climate change to understanding the role of social media. 

Geosciences - Environmental sustainability is one of society's greatest challenges. This initiative combines natural sciences research with social sciences, humanities, law, journalism, business research and education. The College of Arts and Sciences along with the Leeds School of Business, School of Law, School of Education, Journalism and Mass Communication Program and specialized research institutes collaborate to contribute to this initiative area.

Renewable and Sustainable Energy - The Energy Initiative acts as a catalyst to bring researchers together to address key problems and opportunities from energy-efficient construction to energy storage, from solar and wind energy to hydrogen production. The Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute (RASEI) is a joint institute between CU-Boulder and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to address important, complex problems in energy and expedite solutions that transform energy by advancing renewable energy science, engineering, and analysis through research, education, and industry partnerships. CU Cleantech, part of the Dening Center for Entrepreneurship in the Leeds School of Business, builds upon the university's leadership in clean technology and energy research and commercialization. A public/private partnership, the organization was founded to position CU-Boulder as the main regional hub of innovation and commercialization within the cleantech ecosystem.

Other Key Initiatives - Beyond the five strategic initiative areas, CU-Boulder's schools and colleges have also launched a number of key initiatives that are both discipline-specific and interdisciplinary.


The Office of Industry Collaboration believes in a structured, yet flexible, approach to supporting projects.  The most important element is to have a good understanding, prior to starting, of the type of support needed so that we go down the right path.


Connect you with the right person, or group, to support identified need(s).


When the need is sponsored research or services, the Office of Industry Collaboration remains engaged to further determine exact needs, any special circumstances, and time frame. The Industry Office works with you to produce a detailed Statement of Work and then prepare the appropriate level of proposal.


Once confirmed for selection, the goal is to work quickly through the contracting process. Use of standard templates can save time as can the development of master agreements. It is helpful for the industry technical contact to remain engaged with your legal counsel to keep the process moving forward. The Industry Office monitors this process.


Working in accordance with the SOW, keeping communication lines open, and adapting to changes all occur during this stage. The Industry Office will be engaged as needed and is always available to support the industry or researcher.


Upon delivery, the Industry Office will confirm satisfaction and determine the next steps. Feedback is always appreciated.





There are a variety of avenues for you to promote your business with extensive outreach to current students, alumni, faculty and staff, community members, and other businesses. The following outline opportunities with CU - Boulder that will increase the awareness of your company while supporting the university.

  • Sponsorship/Advertising - Opportunities include events/performances, student groups, signage, external promotions, titleship, print/programs, on-site interaction, tickets/hospitality, internet/digital, and the collegiate sports marketing network
  • Contributions/Gifts - Opportunities include scholarships, endowments, academic programs, gifts, pledges, initiatives, facilities, various funds, and the Alumni Association. To learn more about the contribution opportunities, click here.
  • Engagement - Opportunities include volunteering and speaking engagements.