Griffiss Institute

GriffissInstitutesmall The Griffiss Institute (GI) is a nonprofit corporation established by the State of New York. As the Information Directorate’s partnership intermediary, the GI develops mutual beneficial relationships with both large and small companies and universities for the effective transfer of technology both into and out of AFRL. The GI actively assists AFRL scientists and engineers with:

  • Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs)
  • Educational Partnership Agreements (EPAs)
  • Tech Transfer
  • Invention Disclosures
  • Patent Applications
  • Licensing Agreements
  • Technical Training and Certification

Currently the Griffiss Institute is focusing on three proactive tasks: Technology Transfer and the Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) Outreach Program.

Technology Transfer encompasses the transfer of information, data, hardware, personnel, services, facilities and other resources to benefit the private and public sector.

in support of the tech transfer goals, Rome Lab, the Office of the Secretary of Defense and strong CNY backing, the Griffiss Institute facilitated the Commercialization Academy ( ) and the New York Furnace Accelerator. The objective of these two programs was to repurpose and commercialize IP from Rome Lab via the creation of new technology ventures.

  • The 2014 Commercialization Academy™ was a great success; making Nasir Ali’s Top Ten Moments of 2014 (Nasir is the Executive Director of the Seed Capital Fund of CNY and CEO of Upstate Venture Connect)!  See a short snapshot of the program here:
    Nine teams competed over the course of 3 months, resulting in 7 strong candidates for new business spin-offs, many with seed fund potential. Students from universities across NY State were paired with Rome Lab technologies with the goal of starting new technology ventures. The Academy had representation from Syracuse University, RIT, RPI, SUNY Poly, SUNY ESF, Utica College, Suffolk CC, Clarkson, Le Moyne, CUNY and UCF.
  • The Furnace Program is on going and more information can be found at

The STEM Outreach Program encourages students to study STEM fields in school, eventually leading to STEM-related careers. Several programs that have been established between the GI and AFRL/RI that support the STEM outreach program include:

  • Robotics
  • Cyber Camps
  • March Math Madness
  • Dimension U
  • Cyber Patriot