Strategic Partnership for Industrial Resurgence(SPIR)
What is SPIR?
The Strategic Partnership for Industrial Resurgence (SPIR) is an industry support service offered by SUNY engineering schools at Binghamton, Buffalo, and Stony Brook. SPIR was established to strengthen New York State's small and mid-sized businesses by helping them apply technology solutions to make them more competitive. This is essential in today's rapidly changing and technology-dependent business environment. To accomplish its mission, Binghamton's SPIR Center assists small and mid sized businesses through partnership projects staffed by Watson School Engineering, Computer Science and System Science students, faculty and client personnel. SPIR was initiated at Binghamton University's Watson School in 1994 with strong support from the Governor and Legislature. An estimated $90 million in wages-per-year is generated by the approximately 2,500 jobs that SPIR has helped our partners create and retain.
What Can SPIR Do for You?
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- Organize and manage technology-based projects
- Provide student and faculty resources
- Perform a wide variety of technology-based work
- Act as an "Engineering Extension" to your company
- Provide project cost-sharing assistance
Who is Eligible for SPIR Assistance?
Any small or mid-sized New York State technology-based or technology-dependent company in the manufacturing, product development, information technology or service sector is eligible for SPIR assistance. Annually on average, SPIR works with 25 companies on 50 projects primarily in hardware and software product development, information technology services and manufacturing support. Work is generally project oriented and lasts one or two semesters. Companies work together with SPIR to define essential work tasks and measurable outcomes that will enable companies to meet their business and growth objectives.
Whether you are a small firm looking to upgrade or introduce new technology, a high- technology firm addressing the challenges of product development and testing, or a company seeking ISO registration, SPIR can help you with these and many other tasks to make your business more competitive.