C.V. Starr Research Foundation

The Foundation

The C.V. Starr Research Foundation at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art is the primary research arm of the institution, tasked with creating, promoting and facilitating opportunities both within and outside of the institution.  Current project funding is procured through several different mechanisms, including state and federal grants, SBIR/STTR awards, academic and research partnerships, corporate sponsorships and individual contributions.  The Foundation also encourages professional development for interested faculty members through their involvement in research projects, and is inclusive of the faculty of all four academic divisions.

The Foundation administers and supports ongoing research work, assess the research interests of the Cooper Community, and provides opportunities in new areas of research for faculty and students.  All students, both undergraduate and graduate, are encouraged to work with interested faculty on these funded projects.  We believe that each of these research efforts adds the experience of engaging and solving real world issues to the already rich classroom environment for those students who participate.  Our Student Research Associates are assigned a broad range of responsibilities on both the operational and management track of each project.  Typically students are required to present their work to the Cooper Community, and are encouraged to submit their results for publication.

We are proud of the faculty and students who participate in Foundation activities and wish them all success in their efforts!

Current Projects

 Research Centers

Foundation Staff

C.V. Starr Research Foundation
The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
41 Cooper Square
Suite 205
New York NY 10003
(212) 353-4305

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.