A thriving research community
Pittsburgh’s innovation ecosystem powered by a vibrant, collaborative research community dedicated to solving tough problems. Our universities continue to build on a legacy of producing and commercializing cutting-edge fundamental research in Robotics, AI, Life Sciences, and other emerging sectors. Our research community is getting better and better at producing successful ideas quickly and efficiently – and we invite you along for the ride.
Explore our research community
Pittsburgh is home to two world-class research universities which have all evolved to complement each other’s strengths. Combined, Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh produce cutting-edge research powering emerging technology in a wide range of commercial sectors.
Key Research and Commercialization Centers
Carnegie Mellon University
CMU is home to experts in a wide range of topics, with the world’s first higher education robotics program and the country’s oldest school of drama. The university’s full-spectrum research and development ecosystem has created over 150 companies, supported the launch of 400+ startups, and pioneered many of the key innovations powering our world today.
University of Pittsburgh
A research powerhouse by any measure, the University of Pittsburgh is consistently among the top U.S. institutions for NIH funding. Each year, Pitt brings in more than $850M in external research funding, generating over $4B of economic impact. In the last five years, the university has spun off 80+ companies leading the way in life-changing inventions and innovations.