Advanced Technology Initiative Links:
A Brief Overview
A Letter from the Provost
How to Submit a Proposal
The Advanced Technology Initiative Has Been Endorsed
American Electronics Association
Columbia River Economic Development Council
Washington Biotechnology & Biomedical
Spokane Valley High Technology Council
Washington Software Association
The Advanced Technology Initiative
A Brief Overview...
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What industries will lead Washington in the next century?
Where will we find the new industries, the new Boeing or
Microsoft, of the next century? How can we take advantage of
new technologies to transform traditional sectors like
agriculture, construction, and forest products?
The Advanced Technology Initiative is a partnership between
the legislature, private business, and the state's
research universities. It creates new programs specifically
targeted toward creating new industries and transforming
existing industries in the areas of greatest opportunity for
the state of Washington. The ATI is a bridge between cutting
edge research and education and new economic activity.
The Advanced Technology Initiative represents a major new
tool for stimulating business activity in the state of
Washington. The Advanced Technology Initiative seeks funding
to create and support a new type of structure at the state's
two research universities. The heart of this structure is a
set of "expertise clusters" composed of faculty and
professional staff who will be selected to work
collaboratively with the private sector. The goal is to
leverage research into direct economic benefits. The ATI is
aimed at transforming existing industries and generating new
The Advanced Technology Initiative draws on proven models of
economic and research development from Washington's own
history. In the 1950's visionary members of the Washington
legislature invested in the expansion of the School of
Medicine at the University of Washington. Today, the fruits
of that unprecedented investment can be seen in many areas.
The School of Medicine has become a world leader in research
and treatment. It has become a regional magnet for medical
services. It has received hundreds of millions of dollars in
out-of-state grants and contracts and has become a major
generator of high paying jobs.
Advanced technology initiatives have been successful in other states
including Florida, New Mexico, and Utah. On one occasion private funds
made it possible to prove the value of expertise clusters in this state.
Using these funds, the UW was able to recruit a national leader (Dr.
Leroy Hood) as the senior member of a biotechnology cluster. The new
activity at the UW immediately bolstered Seattle's biotechnology
industry, attracting some of the field's best talent and tens of millions
of dollars in private and federal research funding to our state. New jobs
and new companies (capitalized at over $50 million) have been created
directly as a result of this work. It is one reason Washington has become
a national leader in biotechnology.
Each expertise cluster consists of 3-5 faculty members and/or technical
support staff, organized around a particular theme and nationally
recognized research leaders. These researchers will direct their efforts
toward providing the intellectual capital for new companies, increasing
the competitiveness of regional industries, and educating students to
work in new and transformed industries. Faculty and staff will be chosen
specifically for their demonstrated ability to work in harmony with the
private sector to exploit the state's best opportunities in advanced
The cost of each cluster is approximately $500,000 per year for salaries,
benefits, and operations. Additional start-up costs will be sought in