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Cornell Inventors

Our goal is to support Cornell's land-grant mission and to promote public good by connecting Cornell technology to industry and business development efforts. We work with researchers to secure the proper intellectual property rights protection for their inventions, and to market and license their technologies to businesses.

CCTEC provides service at CCTEC's two offices in Ithaca and in New York City. CCTEC also supports researchers at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva.

Cornell has various resources to help with technology commercialization.  One such resource is the Cornell Technology Acceleration and Maturation (CTAM) Fund.  The CTAM Fund’s objective is to advance select technologies in order to facilitate their further development towards commercialization.

Read the CTAM Fund Implementation Guide here

Apply for funds here

Weill Cornell Medical College (WCMC) researchers have a separate funding program for technologies originating from WCMC. Please visit

Open Communication

CCTEC strives for clear and open communication with Cornell researchers and a transparent technology transfer process.

So we can better support you, before you formally disclose your invention to CCTEC, we hope you will keep us informed of your research and publication goals. Early communication can ensure a better evaluation of your invention's market potential, and whether you need to file a patent application prior to publication to protect your intellectual property rights.


CCTEC hosts a variety of events with and for Cornell inventors. From the IP&Pizza town-hall style meetings to discuss intellectual property and patenting issues to venture forums and technology expos, CCTEC events work to keep researchers informed on proper intellectual property, promote their work to industry, and make connections with venture capital.