UMass: The Commonwealth's Research University

With more than $489 million in annual research funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, corporate partners, and other Federal and Private Foundations.

The University of Massachusetts performs more than 90% of all academic R&D outside of Route 128. Indeed, UMass campuses are the largest academic research enterprises in every region of the state outside of Greater Boston.

Research Expertise

Award-winning faculty members provide undergraduate and graduate students with research opportunities in a multitude of disciplines. The University of Massachusetts' areas of expertise include:

  • Clinical and Translational Science and other life sciences
  • Nanotechnology, computer networking, food science, cell engineering and renewable energy
  • Environmental science and bioinformatics;
  • Marine science and bio-engineering;
  • Advanced materials and nanotech manufacturing

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Emerging Opportunities

The University works with faculty and outside partners to capitalize on opportunities to expand research and scholarship across all intellectual fields. This includes developing new programs, making strategic investments to seed new research initiatives and assisting faculty in obtaining funding from sponsors.

A number of areas of emerging opportunity have been identified, including

  • the life sciences,
  • clean energy,
  • advanced materials and
  • information technologies and communications.

Life Sciences: In Academic Year 2007-2008, the University of Massachusetts Life Sciences Task Force (UMass LSTF) was established and charged with crafting a university-wide aspirant vision in the life sciences and promoting inter-campus collaboration. The Task Force and six working groups comprised of key faculty members, deans, and senior administrators across all five of the University's campuses were led by UMass Medical School Chancellor and University Senior Vice President for the Health Sciences Michael F. Collins, M.D.

The Task Force's focused and collaborative work resulted in a report that includes specific action-oriented recommendations for achieving the University's aspirations in this critically important field. Life sciences and biomedical research represent more than $200 million dollars of the University's approximately $400 million dollar total research portfolio.  

Read the University of Massachusetts Life Sciences Task Force report, "A University-wide Plan to Strengthen the Life Sciences and Promote Inter-campus Collaboration Over the Next Five Years"

Stem Cell Research and Regenerative Medicine: Interdisciplinary collaborations are key mechanism for building new programs. For example, a faculty working group was convened in 2006 to develop a strategy for advancing stem cell research and regenerative medicine at the University. Its proposal was delivered in early 2007 to the Board of Trustees, as well as to the Governor and served a starting point for discussion about new investment in research infrastructure. Read: A Strategy for Advancing Stem Cell Research and Regenerative Medicine at the University of Massachusetts

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