Industrial Partnerships

The University of Massachusetts is a land-grant institution focused on supporting industrial growth and advancement. The University provides key resources to the community as well as the Commonwealth to support development and testing of new products as well as the development of new start-up companies.

UMass Innovation Institute

The UMass Innovation Institute (UMII) launched an applied-research and industry-engagement office at Amherst in 2011 and at Lowell in 2014, as part of an effort to improve and increase the University’s work with industry partners.

These one-stop shops provide faculty and students with a collaborative means to innovation and entrepreneurships. Faculty and students also have the opportunity to interact with industry and get assistance with grants and contracts, regulatory compliance, intellectual property, accounting, and business operations.

Industry Engagement through Core Research

Hundreds of academic, government, and industry users are partnering with the UMass campuses and their Core Research Facilities to help with critical research needs. UMass also participates in a state-sponsored voucher program that provides access to our world-class core facilities at a reduced rate for small and medium-sized businesses. For more information on how to access Core Facilities, visit the campus websites:

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 near every UMass campus and 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.

Innovation Testing and Development

The University has a vibrant community of faculty, researchers and students that are encouraged to build world-changing technologies in numerous fields, including engineering, life sciences and health care. Students, faculty and researchers all have access to the University’s incubators and centers, where teams of experts with vast knowledge in their discipline collaborate and provide hands-on experience testing innovations and creating start-ups in the fields of engineering, life sciences and health care.