GRID Institute

Pitt’s Energy Grid Research and Infrastructure Development (GRID) Institute launched in 2016 leverages public and private partnerships with 20,000 square feet of laboratory space at the Energy Innovation Center in Pittsburgh’s Hill District. With 11 inaugural corporate partners, $5 million in funding, and the lab space opening this spring, a business model is being finalized to leverage this center into an international magnet for industry and research endeavors in the grid. The vision is to create a global consortium focused on the electric utility industry to evaluate and assess both major industry-wide and individual utility issues and work in collaboration with a diverse set of partners.

Life Sciences Opportunity Analysis

Fourth Economy, a Pittsburgh based economic development consulting firm in partnership with Warner Advisors, a Silicon Valley based life science strategy firm completed a Life Sciences Opportunity Analysis for the region. The report concluded that Pitt’s strength in healthcare and research will be amplified by the acceleration of the region’s life sciences industry and a more developed life sciences ecosystem. Visit to view the report and become familiar with Pittsburgh’s growing life sciences community.



With funding from the Hillman and Heinz foundations, Brookings has been engaged in a 9-month study to develop a vision for the next brand of Pittsburgh and lay out recommendations for three transformational initiatives for the city. The University is an integral component giving Brookings access to the campus, research, and faculty. The goals for our participation in the work are to make sure that our priorities are represented, to utilize the study as an outside voice to accelerate projects, and, in partnership with CMU, to lead the strategy and implementation.

Innovation District

Pitt has established a relationship with the real estate development firm Wexford Science and Technology to partner on the creation of an innovation district along the Forbes/Fifth corridor. Wexford works exclusively with leading research universities, academic medical centers and research institutions. The University’s commitment is to anchor the district with a health sciences focused research facility. Wexford has determined that the project is feasible based on both the innovation capacity of the university and the potential sites available. The concept has been presented to key stakeholders including city representatives and local community leaders.   

Inclusive Innovation and Development

The University of Pittsburgh will in engage in a programmatic and research-focused initiative to define the value proposition for inclusive innovation and development in Pittsburgh. One defined component in progress is a collaboration between Pitt’s offices of Human Resources, Economic Partnerships, and Community and Government Relations in partnership with Carlow, Chatham, CMU, Partner4Work (formerly Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board) and the Pittsburgh Council on Higher Education to launch a workforce development initiative. With an emphasis on training, employment, mentoring, and wraparound services, participants will be recruited from Partner4Work’s significant network of community-based organizations serving disconnected populations in neighborhoods proximate to Pitt’s campus. 

Corporate Engagement

The mission of corporate engagement is to engage the corporate sector holistically and facilitate the transfer of benefits of Pitt’s educational and research capabilities to society through corporate engagement.  The Office provides central support for the Pitt constituencies that interact with industry and initiates new interactions with industry partners. The Office is responsible for proactively growing the pipeline of industry opportunities through continuous engagement including trade shows, campus visits, and communications.