About Us

There isn't one right way to innovate.

It's about finding the right way for you.

For more than 50 years, we’ve helped corporations, foundations, and federal agencies solve their most complex innovation challenges. And our perspective on innovation is grounded in that history—thousands of engagements across sectors and industries—and drawn from the people we’ve worked with over the years.

Why Choose Us?

We have the expertise to help you succeed.

Every engagement with us is customized to elevate your innovation initiatives. We root our process in a spirit of learning—asking the right questions at the right time, always prepared with the best systems to guide your project.

Our team is technical. And when you engage with us you partner with experienced engineers and scientists who understand the science behind your innovation opportunities and the business requirements to make them real.

50+

Years of Experience

Our Innovation Perspective

Innovation starts with people

We build your team’s capacity to innovate, and help you integrate an innovation mindset into your daily work. Through frameworks, strategy consulting, training, and mentorship, we make sure you’re prepared to communicate with all of your stakeholders, even after our work is done.

Innovation requires a learning mindset and learning cycles

We learn alongside you. Throughout your project’s duration, we stay in contact and have regular touchpoints at least every other week—no big reveals, no surprises. We meticulously capture everything we learn, sharing and embedding that knowledge within your team.

Learning cycles are driven by market, user, and technology insights

We help balance your expertise. Whether you need market, user, or technology insights—we orient your capacity and augment existing research findings. Our holistic, systematic approach to innovation helps you fill knowledge gaps and offset biases.

Organizations must be permeable to outside insights

We broaden your knowledge. And we don’t just deliver reports—we show your team how to leverage knowledge and insights from external sources, then apply them within the context of your organization’s larger ecosystem.

Innovation must align with strategy

We integrate your R&D initiatives with the strategic objectives of your organization. In addition, we continually frame and reframe your challenges, working to understand your people, business, and goals—not just the project you’ve brought us in to help with.

Innovation is driven by teams

We build aligned teams. When your innovation initiatives correlate with overarching company objectives, you create clear pathways for buy-in and engagement from your organization. And when you have the collective support you need, you can demonstrate your full value and impact.

Our History

RTI Innovation Advisors helps our clients turn insights into new products, services, and technologies that have meaningful human and business impact.

As a business unit of RTI International (RTI) — an independent nonprofit research institute dedicated to improving the human condition—when you work with us, you’re tapping into the expertise of our multi-disciplinary team, and also into the vast network and resources at RTI. Over 250 disciplines, hundreds of industry specialists and researchers, and decades of combined experience. All working alongside you and your team to explore possibilities and enable innovation.

We have the expertise to help you succeed.

Who are we? We are Innovation Advisors.

RTI Outstanding Mentor Awards

Each summer, interns nominate staff for the RTI Interns Outstanding Mentor Award. Awardees are selected through a blind judging process. Our 2023 Outstanding Mentors created transformational experiences for interns in the following areas:

  • Communication
  • Collaboration
  • Inclusivity
  • Innovation
  • Talent Development
Kayla Messier Jones, Innovation Analyst
Kayla Messier Jones, Innovation Analyst

Nominated by Samantha Feinstein, Innovation Consulting Intern, Sustainability Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

“Kayla has been extremely supportive of me by providing clear guidance and always holding space for me to ask any and all questions. Because of her guidance and patience, I feel much better equipped to continue working in consulting after my internship.”

Garrett McKeown-Wessler, PhD,
Garrett McKeown-Wessler, PhD,

Nominated by Yasmin Roye, Innovation Consulting Intern, Commercialization Focus Biomedical Engineering, Duke University

“The biggest change in myself is that I want to be as good a mentor to someone else as Garrett was to me. Seeing how much Garrett has accomplished thus far in his nontraditional career is really inspiring and gives me more confidence to continue.”

Congratulations to Amy Rydeen!

Amy Rydeen, PhD recently received the 𝐌𝐨𝐥𝐥𝐲 𝐃𝐢𝐱 𝐀𝐰𝐚𝐫𝐝!

The 𝐌𝐨𝐥𝐥𝐲 𝐃𝐢𝐱 𝐀𝐰𝐚𝐫𝐝 is an esteemed recognition bestowed upon an individual each year who has demonstrated exceptional dedication to nurturing and developing others. This award celebrates those who go above and beyond in their efforts to mentor, guide, and empower their peers, colleagues, or community members. Honorees in this category are not just leaders, but also teachers and role models, having made significant contributions through mentoring, providing growth opportunities, training, and fostering an environment conducive to learning and personal development. ​

It is named after Molly Dix – an individual who epitomized these qualities throughout her time at RTI International.​

Amy’s pivotal role in our team’s growth, marked by high standards and a clear vision for our work, along with her leadership in the Project Lead Community of Practice, has significantly boosted our operations and community spirit. Her dedicated one-on-one mentoring, particularly for early-career staff, and her drive to enhance overall team performance, make her a standout nominee for this award.