Penn’s Research Enterprise

With an innovative and interdisciplinary mindset, Penn places a strong emphasis on encouraging and enabling any student to carry out research. It’s an ecosystem strategically created to help foster ideas, provide the resources to help build them up, and then take them from labs to commercialization.

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Student Innovation Opportunities and Resources

President’s Engagement Prizes

Competitively awarded on an annual basis, the President’s Engagement Prizes empower Penn seniors to design and undertake local, national, or global engagement projects during the first year after they graduate.

President’s Innovation Prize

President’s Innovation Prize awards a graduating Penn senior, or a team of graduating seniors, to envision and implement an innovative, commercial venture that makes a positive difference in the world.

Center for Undergraduate Research & Fellowships

Penn CURF helps Penn students deepen their academic experience through participating in research, applying for nationally competitive fellowships, or engaging intellectually within a cohort of scholars.

Venture Lab - Innovation Fund

The Innovation Fund exists to fund and support creative and meaningfully innovative ventures from the Penn student community.

Weiss Tech House

A student-run hub of technological innovation at Penn, Weiss Tech House encourages and supports students in the creation, development, and commercialization of innovative technologies.

More resources via Penn Center for Innovation

Research Facts & Figures


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research centers and institutes


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Research Infrastructure

Featured and recent additions to Penn’s research infrastructure.

A full list of research centers and institutes is available via OVPR.

Penn Center for Innovation

The Penn Center for Innovation is the University’s innovation, venture creation, and commercialization center. It provides infrastructure, leadership, and resources needed to transfer promising Penn inventions, know-how, and related assets into the marketplace for the public good. PCI transforms the Philadelphia region’s capacity to support an ecosystem of innovative entrepreneurs, companies, and workers all making essential contributions to our collective economic future.

PCI Ventures is dedicated to supporting technology commercialization within the Penn community. Since 2010, PCIV has worked with more than 200 faculty and staff members to form and launch new companies based on selected inventions and innovative technologies.

PCI acts as a “one stop shop” for industrial partners, providing access to the services and resources needed to engage in sponsored research, collaborations, technology licenses, new venture creation, and other types of partnerships with Penn.

"Innovation is much more than traditional patenting and technology transfer. It is about creating an innovation ecosystem that fosters a fluid exchange of ideas and expertise across a broad spectrum of new and established knowledge."

Amy Gutmann, Former Penn President