The Altran/Arthur D. Little Foundation for Innovation will provide $500,000 in the form of money, professional expertise, and consulting to the Harvard Division of Engineering and Applied Sciences (DEAS) during the next five years to help support a broad-based program on innovation in science and technology.

The program will be incorporated into the division’s Technology and Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard (TECH), and will enhance efforts to advance the understanding and practice of translating science and technology into societal benefit. Key elements include expanding existing endeavors already in place at DEAS, and supporting a host of new initiatives that comprise a program based on the theory and practice of innovation.

The goal of the innovation program is to enable faculty and students at DEAS to incorporate innovation into their everyday work and for professionals from Altran/Arthur D. Little to gain firsthand knowledge of promising research. Ultimately, DEAS and TECH hope to create a hub for innovation at Harvard that offers a knowledge resource and ways for all interested groups and individuals to collaborate.

The official kickoff of the program will take place today (April 29) in a ceremony presided by DEAS Dean Venkatesh Narayanamurti at DEAS.