Griffiss Institute, established in 2002, has aggressive mandate

The Griffiss Institute (GI) is a nonprofit, in Rome, New York, established in 2002, with an aggressive mandate to both grow the region’s emerging programs in information technology and cyber security, and to leverage the Air Force Research Laboratory’s (AFRL) significant technology portfolio into potential civil and commercial opportunities. In the last 18 years, the GI substantially increased its influence, and the mission of the organization, with new initiatives in tech transfer, STEM, incubation, and programs to create new startups and business opportunities in the region.

What We Do

Technology Transfer

Technology Transfer (T2) is the GI’s prime mission for which it has earned numerous national and regional awards for its programs, and its partners at the AFRL. The essence is to use technology being paid for by taxpayers to benefit U.S. society by moving these ideas, inventions, and technologies developed with taxpayer dollars, into the hands of the private sector as quickly as possible, and in a form useful to that community. 


The AFRL Commercialization Academy is a successful entrepreneurial education program sponsored by the AFRL and run by the GI. The Academy pairs high-caliber founders with high-potential AFRL technologies with the goals of developing entrepreneurial leaders and launching new technology ventures.

Since its inaugural cohort in 2014, the academy has produced 27 active and viable companies, including six from the Mohawk Valley.

Discovery Events

The GI routinely sponsors Innovation Discovery Events that have increased awareness of AFRL innovators, the value of their innovations and produced patentable and licensable opportunities for them. 

Science, Technology,
Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) Education

The GI focuses on a multitude of community outreach activities from involvement in its annual AFRL Challenge Competition to numerous STEM Summer Camps intended for middle school to high school students.

Internship Program

Summer is one of the busiest times of year at the GI in that students from all across the country come to Rome, NY, for several weeks, to participate in a paid internship at the ARFL, managed by the GI.

Griffiss Institute Business Incubator

The Griffiss Institute Business Incubator (GIBI) serves the Central New York region, partnering with other area business incubators, and regional economic development entities, to combine our region’s numerous high-tech, information, and cyber security assets with business development programs and services to support local entrepreneurs.

The Future

This summer, the GI will be moving just down the road, next to the Griffiss International Airport, in Rome, New York, into the Innovare Advancement Center. Our newly remodeled 37,000-square-foot facility comes with connections to the latest, basic research and development in information technology!

This state-of-the-art building is a joint venture between the Griffiss Institute, The Air Force Research Laboratory Information Directorate, Oneida County, State University of New York (SUNY), and will feature a greatly enhanced open innovation space for collaborative research and world-class laboratories. This modern space has been designed to attract leading scientists and engineers, in industry and academia, from all around the world.


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