UMass Core Research Laboratories and Facilities

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UMass has more than 90 Research Core Facilities across the state of Massachusetts that are available to researchers from government, academia and industry on a fee-for-service basis. These shared resources offer a wide range of services to the research community, including cutting-edge technologies, high-end instrumentation and technical support for basic, translational and clinical research.

The capabilities available at each facility are as unique as the researchers found at each location. Our expertise ranges from life sciences to material sciences, nanofabrication to biomanufacturing, robotics to mechanical prototyping, chemistry to high-performance computing, and more. 

Core Facilities Voucher Program

For small and medium-sized businesses, a new state voucher program provides access to world-leading research facilities at UMass campuses at significantly discounted rates. 

The voucher program is designed to accelerate business development for start-ups and small- and medium-sized companies. With state incentives, start-ups can develop prototypes and test new devices at a much lower cost. Similarly, established companies, especially manufacturers, can create prototypes to bid on contracts without having to make large investments beforehand.

For more information, visit the campus Core Facilities pages or apply here

UMass Amherst Core Research Lab

UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst has 30 new core facilities with capabilities including metal 3D printing, roll-to-roll fabrication, inductively coupled plasma mass spec, analytical ultra centrifugation, x-ray diffractometry, super resolution microscopy, whole-room calorimetry, infrared motion analysis, sleep and behavioral observation labs, and a 3 Tesla human MRI/S. These facilities enable internal and external users  to enhance their R&D capabilities, address basic and translational questions, deliver technologies and product candidates more rapidly, receive advanced training, and become more competitive in obtaining state, federal, foundation, and private funding. 

UMass Boston

UMass Boston

UMass Boston research core facilities currently include Vivarium and Genomics Cores. Our program will be soon extending to include: Imaging, Mass Spectroscopy, Fabrication, Flow Cytometry, and Infrared/Raman Spectroscopy. With easy access from the north and south shores of Massachusetts, UMass Boston is close to city incubators, universities and Fortune 500 companies. Our researchers specialize in biomedical, health, life and brain sciences.

Research at UMass Dartmouth core research facility

UMass Dartmouth

UMass Dartmouth offers instrumentations within our Environmental Chemistry, Biomanufacturing and Mechanical Prototyping Lab at the Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship. Our Chemistry and Biochemistry Departments offer a multitude of sophisticated analytical and biomolecular instruments. We are in the process of reviewing our research centers to broaden our core offerings.

UMass Lowell Researcher at core research facility

UMass Lowell

Since inception in 2013, nearly 800 researchers have used our fee‐for‐service facilities. UMass Lowell research core facilities program, branded as Core Research Facilities (CRF), was created with users in mind. We have a simple stream‐lined process to provide quick and easy access to labs. Our professional staff provides hands‐on training and services. We have an integrated on‐line reservation system that includes a searchable database of resources. State‐of‐the art instruments and resources are available to academic, government and industry researchers. We support research in the fields of bioengineering, biomaterials, chemistry, green chemistry, material sciences, nanotech and nanofabrication, radiation sciences, robotics and much more.

UMass Medical School core research

UMass Medical School

UMass Medical School spearheaded the core research model supported by NIH and NSF. UMMS offers 45 facilities including the second largest Sequencing facility in New England, are host to the Northeast PacBio Hub, and are one of 5 Centers across the country for Mouse Metabolic Phenotyping. Our new highly publicized cores include the Massachusetts Center for High Resolution Electron Cryo Microscopy.