Research, Economic Development and Graduate Education provides leadership and support to Cal Poly faculty and students in their pursuit of excellence in their research and creative efforts.
Research and scholarly activity is a core part of Cal Poly’s mission. The processes of inquiry and discovery are fundamental to higher education. As faculty engage in their own research and creative activity they continually update their knowledge and skills and renew their classroom teaching. When students have the opportunity to participate in research and other forms of scholarship, critical and analytical thinking is enhanced, and their innate curiosity is piqued and their talents are cultivated.
As a polytechnic university, we bring a wide range of resources to the applied research arena, from exceptionally qualified faculty, to talented students and specialized facilities. Our faculty engage in a broad variety of sponsored projects in applied research and development, consulting, product testing, analytical testing, curriculum design and development, and community service, across all disciplinary areas.