The University of Rhode Island (URI) faculty, staff and student research discoveries lead to new companies, cutting-edge patents, and innovative public-private partnerships. The URI Research Foundation (URIRF) oversees market analysis, commercialization of protected intellectual property, and the development of business relationships with corporate and government partners. These commercialization activities advance Rhode Island’s economy while improving society and human lives.

URIRF’s Polaris MEP (Manufacturing Extension Partnership) helps local manufacturers innovate by working with URI inventors to bring technology to market through Research & Development contracts, capstone projects, and licensing deals – all to advance RI’s manufacturing growth and economic development.

State and Local

Dedicated to stimulating economic growth in Rhode Island, the Commerce Corporation is a customer service-focused agency that invests in Rhode Island’s businesses. By helping to navigate the public sector, providing financing vehicles, deploying state incentives, and investing in networking opportunities, the Commerce Corporation is in the business of business.

The Rhode Island Manufacturers Association (RIMA) and its sister organization the Rhode Island Manufacturing Institute (RIMI; aka makeRI), are the unified voices of manufacturers throughout Rhode Island for legislative and regulatory issues, economic development, and education / workforce development.

The Southeastern New England Defense Industry Alliance (SENEDIA) was formed to identify, champion and coordinate issues that contribute to our National security and provide benefit to our members, local communities, the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security, and other Federal Government agencies.


Reshoring is gaining momentum throughout the country. Many companies have already repatriated some of their manufacturing efforts, and the Reshoring Initiative is continuing to spread the “return-manufacturing-home” message to help other manufacturers realize America is an advantageous place to produce goods