The Fitzpatrick Institute for Photonics at Duke actively encourages close collaboration with our corporate partners and promotes technology transfer for economic development. The Corporate Partners Program (CPP) is designed to strengthen interactions between our faculty and industrial partners and to enhance the translational aspects of our educational and research programs.

Learn more about how partner contributions are used.

Partnership Types:

  • Corporate Partner: Annual fee: $5,000
  • Gold Partner: Annual fee: $10,000
  • Platinum Partner: Annual fee $25,000

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FIP Corporate Partners

Partner Benefits by Level






Student Recruitment Assistance X   X X
Invitation to FIP Annual Symposium X   X X
Invitation to VIP Pioneer Award Banquet X   X X
Access to Institute and Duke Resources X   X X
Sponsor a Workshop     X X
Sponsored Research Agreement     X X
Collaborative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA)     X X
 IP License Agreement      X
 Individualized Advisory Service        X
FIP Corporate Advisory Board        X
Named Endowment       X

Benefit Descriptions

Advertisement: Corporate Partners have access to our website containing overview summary of key topics and areas of active research activities at the FIP.
•    Advertisement among FIP Faculty, Staff & Students
•    Corporate logos and their links will be present on the FIP website
•    Corporate logos will be present on all FIP seminar series, FIP breakfasts and any FIP events.

Student Recruitment: Corporate partners receive a listing of graduate students in the FIP, their resume if supplied, research topics, and anticipated graduate dates. Corporate partners may also use our facilities to interview students at any time throughout the year and our staff members will assist with scheduling and conducting employment interviews.

Invitation to FIP Annual Symposium: Each year we invite our corporate partners to the FIP to attend a series of presentations by our faculty members and graduating students. The two-day program of the FIP Annual Symposiium includes research highlights, reviews and tutorials on current research topics, laboratory tours and opportunities for informal discussions with students and faculty members.

Invitation to FIP Pioneer Award Banquet: If we are presenting a Pioneer Award at the symposium, then we do so at a lunch or dinner banquet and invite our FIP CPP members.

Access to Institute and Duke Resources: Representatives of all corporate partners are invited to attend our special seminar series, guest lectures, presentations and special events. Corporate partners may also access student theses and dissertations, as well as a library of seminars and graduate classes.

Sponsor Workshop: Corporate partners can hold a special workshop or special seminar for FIP members at Pratt School of Engineering.

Sponsored Research Agreement: Corporate partners can fund the research of specific researchers or research topics that are of interest to the company. Corporate partners have first right of refusal to license IP developed during research.

IP License Agreement: Corporate partners may negotiate licenses for IP held by FIP researchers. The company deploys the technology or spins out an entity from Duke.

Individualized Advisory Service: Gold or higher partners can request individual advisory service from the FIP faculty for a one-day visit to their facility to provide scientific advice on areas of interest. The cost of this service will be determined on an individual basis.

FIP Corporate Advisory Board: Gold or higher partners are invited to serve on the FIP Corporate Advisory Board to identify and guide promising strategic research areas in photonics.

Named Endowment: Name an endowment of fellowship or scholarship.