The Research Triangle Park

The future of great ideas

RTP is marriage of NC's ideal for higher education & hopes for material progress

Our Partners

RTP’s competitive advantage as a location for R&D is anchored in its long-standing relationship to three of the world’s leading research universities. In addition, RTP maintains a network of dedicated partners – businesses, associations, foundations, government agencies, and universities – dedicated to the advancement of the region and North Carolina as a center of innovation, technology commercialization and quality job creation.

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Industry Advancement and Innovation

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NC Biotechnology Center

The North Carolina Biotechnology Center (NCBC) is a private, non-profit organization dedicated exclusively to biotechnology development. The NCBC is the oldest new-tech organization of its kind in the world, providing long-term economic and societal benefits to North Carolina through support of biotechnology research, business, education and strategic policy statewide.

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Council for Entrepreneurial Development (CED)

CED was founded in 1984 to identify, enable and promote high-growth, high-impact companies and accelerate the entrepreneurial culture of the Research Triangle and North Carolina. CED provides education, mentoring and capital formation resources to new and existing high-growth entrepreneurs through annual conferences, forums, workshops and programs on entrepreneurial management and finance.

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NC Technology Association (NCTA)

The North Carolina Technology Association (NCTA) is the premier statewide leadership organization that represents the North Carolina technology industry. NCTA’s mission is Making North Carolina Number One in Technology and Technology Number One in North Carolina. The organization does this through three main focus areas: executive engagement, public affairs and knowledge workforce.

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North Carolina Biosciences Organization (NCBIO)

NCBIO is the trade association for North Carolina’s life science community.  As a statewide nonprofit advocacy organization, NCBIO works with federal, state and local officials to improve North Carolina’s attractiveness as a location for life science discovery, innovation and commercialization. NCBIO's members include companies and institutions from all sectors of North Carolina’s life science industry.

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Science in the Triangle

Science in the Triangle (SIT) is an evolving experiment in community science journalism and scientific-community organizing. Launched online in April 2008, SIT informs residents of the science- and technology-rich Research Triangle region of North Carolina about discoveries their neighbors are making in Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill.

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Research Triangle Environmental Health Collaborative

The Research Triangle Environmental Health Collaborative supports a united environmental health resource that connects organizations and institutions and links research and policy. The Collaborative joins government, academia, industry, and public interest groups to mutually consider, discuss, and debate the future of environmental health on a regional, national, and international level.

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Research Triangle Energy Consortium

The Research Triangle Energy Consortium (RTEC) follows an integrated approach to addressing the challenges faced in the production, transportation and use of energy today by combining technical, economical, and policy considerations to illuminate the most critical issues and sources of uncertainty and risk to facilitate more timely action from researchers, investors, policy makers and consumers.

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Triangle Global Health Consortium

The Consortium’s mission is to establish North Carolina as an international center for research, training, education, advocacy and business dedicated to improving the health of the world's communities. The founding members of the Consortium are Duke University, Family Health International, IntraHealth International, North Carolina Biotechnology Center, North Carolina State University, RTI International, and University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill.

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Science Communicators of North Carolina

SCONC is a professional organization founded in April 2007. The organization provides fellowship and networking among individuals who bring science to the public. SCONC includes science writers, journalists, public information officers, teachers and institutional communicators from academia, government labs, industry, museums and schools just about anyone interested in communicating science.

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Foundation and Infrastructure

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The Triangle Universities Center for Advanced Studies Inc. (TUCASI) was established in 1975 to ensure the continued presence of the Founding Universities in the Park. Set on a 120-acre campus, TUCASI brings together university faculty and Park scientists, and is also the governing body that proposes how RTP's assets are distributed to the universities and various projects.

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The NC STEM Learning Network helps insure all North Carolina students are career and college ready by engaging in rigorous and relevant science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education that provides them with more choices in life and bolsters the economic strength of their communities. The NC STEM Learning Network is a project of the SMT Center, in collaboration with the N.C. Department of Public Instruction, N.C. Community College System, UNC General Administration and others.

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Regional Transportation Alliance (RTA)

The Regional Transportation Alliance (RTA) serves as the recognized regional business voice for transportation initiatives and policy across the Triangle. RTA focuses on strategic solutions that will decrease the area's commuting times, expand mobility options, improve shipping efficiency, and attract and retain top business talent.

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Triangle Land Conservancy

The mission of the Triangle Land Conservancy is to protect important open space—stream corridors, forests, wildlife habitat, farmland and natural areas—in Chatham, Durham, Johnston, Lee, Orange, and Wake counties to help keep our region a healthy and vibrant place to live and work.

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GreenPlus Institute for Sustainable Development

The Institute seeks to educate, motivate, and recognize smaller enterprises for their efforts toward greater sustainability regardless of their means, and to extend practical knowledge and expertise in sustainability by developing new leaders in the field.

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NC Fourth Sector Network

The NC Fourth Sector Cluster Initiative strives to advance a cluster-based strategy for promoting economic growth, job creation, and community problem solving in North Carolina’s Research Triangle Region and throughout the state.

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State and Regional Economic Development


NC Department of Commerce

The North Carolina Department of Commerce is the state's economic-development agency, working with local, regional, national, and international companies. The department’s mission is to improve the economic well-being and quality of life for all North Carolinians.

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Research Triangle Regional Partnership

The Research Triangle Regional Partnership (RTRP) is a business-driven, public-private partnership dedicated to keeping the 13-county Research Triangle Region economically competitive through business, government, and educational collaboration. RTRP comprises economic development agencies who work with the N.C. Department of Commerce and a wide range of partners to market the region for new investment and to direct strategic efforts.

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Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce

The Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce is the Triangle’s largest business membership organization -- made up of more than 2,500 member firms representing two-thirds of the private sector employment in Wake County. The mission of the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce is to sustain and further develop a thriving economy and to enhance the community's quality of life.

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Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce

The Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce is a member-driven organization that serves its members by helping to create and sustain a healthy economic climate. Established in 1906, the Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce celebrates 100 years of serving the community through its public policy, economic and workforce development, small business, and member programs and activities.

North Carolina Economic Developers Association


The North Carolina Economic Developers Association (NCEDA) is the statewide association for professional economic developers and their allies in North Carolina. For more than 40 years, NCEDA and its members have led efforts to promote North Carolina as an ideal destination for business investment.

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American Underground

The American Underground is the central station for ascending entrepreneurs. Home to more than 30 startups with an expansion plan to add another 50-75 startups in April of 2013, the American Underground hosts some of the most influential and instrumental startups, incubators, and thought leaders in the Southeast.

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Science Park and Economic Development Associations

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The International Association of Science Parks (IASP) is the worldwide network of Science and Technology Parks. The IASP connects Science and Technology Park professionals from across the globe and provides services that drive growth and effectiveness for its members. IASP members enhance the competitiveness of companies and entrepreneurs of their cities and regions, and contribute to global economic development through innovation, entrepreneurship, and the transfer of knowledge and technology.

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A non-profit international organization, AURP represents the leadership of these technology developments, which are designed to promote research institute-industry relations, to foster innovation, and to facilitate the transfer of technology from such institutions to the private sector.

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The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to helping economic developers do their job more effectively and raising the profile of the profession. IEDC is the world's largest membership organization serving the economic development profession.

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