In Partnership

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Empowering Business

As the state's public research university, the University of Massachusetts partners with business across the Commonwealth and beyond. Partnerships take many forms from workforce development and training, to innovation services and technology commercialization.

Innovation Service

With over $430M in annual research and development (R&D) expenditures, UMass is the third largest academic research enterprise in Massachusetts, fourth largest in New England, and thirty-fifth in the United States. With over ninety percent of all academic R&D performed in the state south and west of the Route 128 beltway around Boston, the five UMass campuses are the largest academic research enterprises in every region of the state outside of greater Boston.
The University's areas of expertise are broad, including:

  • Nanotechnology, computer networking, food science, cell engineering, and renewable energy at UMass Amherst;
  • Environmental science and bioinformatics at UMass Boston;
  • Marine science and bio-engineering at UMass Dartmouth;
  • Advanced materials, nanotech manufacturing, and green chemistry at UMass Lowell; and
  • Clinical and translational science, gene silencing, diabetes, and HIV transmission at UMass Medical School in Worcester.

Research and Development

The private sector sponsors about $15M of UMass' R&D activity and is actively involved in industry consortia and university-industry R&D sponsorships across the five-campus system. Some of the leading areas of industry involvement currently include:

Learn more about research and development at each UMass campus:

Industrial Services

UMass offers an array of industrial services including development and testing services. Examples are:

Small Business Development

Led by the Isenberg School of Management at UMass Amherst, the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center (MSBDC) Network provides free, confidential, one-to-one management and technical assistance counseling and low-cost educational training programs to prospective and existing small businesses throughout the Commonwealth.
MSBDC counseling or satellite offices are located within 30 minutes of any potential client in the state. The MSBDC provides specialized services in the areas of capital formation, minority business assistance, business and industry data, international trade, and procurement technical assistance.


UMass Lowell and UMass Dartmouth operate two successful high tech incubators.

Technology Commercialization

UMass is ranked among the top fifteen universities in licensing income in the U.S. In 2008, UMass generated more than $35 million in licensing income. In the past decade, UMass has executed over 200 licenses with companies in a broad range of technology areas, from the life sciences and advanced materials to information technology and renewable energy.

The Office of Commercial Ventures and Intellectual Property manages the University's technology licensing program. For additional information: