North Carolina State University's College of Textiles and the Virginia-based Institute of Textile Technology are to pool resources and students in order to conduct specific, short-term research for manufacturers.

Although details of the deal are still under negotiation the partnership, which will see the institute move its headquarters from Charlottesville, Va, to NCSU's Centennial Campus, should be in place by July.

Both colleges are set to benefit. Graduate students admitted to NCSU will be able to apply for ITT fellowships and internships at its member companies. ITT will therefore gain access to top-of-the-range equipment while NCSU will benefit from increased numbers of graduate students and a closer relationship with some of the industry's largest companies.

Gilbert O'Neal, the ITT's president, said moving to Raleigh will shave as much as a quarter off ITT's $4 million annual budget. "This allows for more available funding to be put in applied research for the industry."