RTI was created in 1958 through a partnership for growth among universities, businesses, and governments that launched North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park (RTP). RTI is a leading institution for supporting technology-based economic development based on the Research Triangle Park model helping the many public and private sector clients realize the commercial promise of innovative technologies over the last 40 years. RTI brings the experience of our technical and business experts from our Center for Technology Applications (CTA) who work closely with innovators and partnership programs to identify promising technologies and establish industry partnerships that can develop technologies for the commercial marketplace. Background USAID/Philippines STRIDE is a five year cooperative agreement designed to strengthen the science, technology, research, and innovation capacity of Philippine higher education with a focus on disciplines that contribute to high-growth economic sectors as a means of stimulating and accelerating broad-based economic growth. To do so, STRIDE will improve the research capacity and output, as well as the qualification of faculty and staff in select programs and universities in the Philippines. It will strengthen linkages between industry and academia in high-growth economic sectors such as manufacturing and information technology, and strengthen or establish partnerships between U.S. and Philippine universities.