Science, Technology & Innovation

The mission of the N.C. Office of Science, Technology & Innovation is to improve the economic well‐being and quality of life of all North Carolinians through advancing science, technology, and innovation.

To achieve this mission, the Office develops and administers policies and programs that accelerate both the development of next-generation technology companies and the adoption of technology across existing industry. Working with organizations across the state, it identifies and communicates emerging opportunities in science and technology and prepares and publishes analyses outlining the competitive position of North Carolina’s businesses and research institutions in these areas.

To see the Office's latest innovation report, see Tracking Innovation 2017 (pdf).
For a comprehensive review of the Office's programs and impacts, see its March 2012 Continuation Review Report (pdf).

Latest STI News

  • EDC continues to rethink its development approach
    1/6/2018 12:00:00 AM

    The Person County Economic Development Commission is continuing its discussion of the so-called innovation economy and whether this relatively new economic model presents an opportunity for Person County.

    Commission members heard presentations at its Tuesday, Dec. 19, meeting from John Hardin, executive director of the North Carolina Board of Science, Technology and Innovation; and Sarah Langar Hall, policy manager for the Institute of Emerging Issues at N.C. State University. read more
  • Innovation in the Spotlight
    12/12/2017 12:00:00 AM

    The topic of innovation-based economic development was in the spotlight at the North Carolina Economic Developers Association December networking luncheon, held December 7 in Raleigh.

    Dr. John Hardin, Executive Director of the Office of Science, Technology & Innovation moderated the disussion and offered remarks. Joining Dr. Hardin were panelists Adrienne Cole, President and CEO of the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce and Christopher Gergen, CEO of Forward Impact and Co-Founder of Forward Cities.

    Dr. Hardin also recently participated in a local symposium for people interested or engaged with the federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. The symposium, hosted by the Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) December 4, provided opportunities to speak one-on-one with program officers and staff from the various federal agencies that fund the SBIR and STTR grants.

    The One North Carolina Small Business Fund, managed by Dr. Hardin's office, provides matching funds to companies that have been awarded one of the federal technology grants and completes a highly-competitive selection process. The state fund is a key resource to support innovative new companies as they grow and add jobs in North Carolina. read more

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