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The UMass Innovation Institute was created expressly to help you get the most from University of Massachusetts Amherst research resources.  After looking hard at how our university works with sponsors, partners and businesses, we came up with an entirely new approach that saves time, reduces headaches, affords more flexibility, and expands the value we can provide. Our aim is simple: to increase the rate at which our ideas and discoveries move forward into society.

There are plenty of reasons to work with UMII:

One Phone Call

Research universities can be hard places to navigate if you don’t have a guide.  UMII is your single-office point of contact for all university research connections.  Our customer-focused business center covers the entire UMass Amherst research enterprise and the campus’ nearly 1,000 faculty members.

Beyond Basic Research

UMII is the university’s arm for industry-focused and applied research.  We can undertake more kinds of projects than ever before, helping companies validate technologies of interest, determine technical feasibility, build prototypes, and partner on joint projects.

Focused Administrative Team

UMII’s single-office coordination of university internal operations—legal, grants and contracts, regulatory compliance, intellectual property, accounting, and business operations—means that you will get straight answers, rapid turnaround and close attention to your needs and priorities within a single team.    

Creative Approaches

Built into UMII’s core values is our commitment to responsiveness, agility, flexibility and timeliness in working with our external partners.  UMII was created to find creative ways to solve challenging issues that allow research to get underway and parties to get what they need to proceed.  Our customer-focused attention will get you where you want to go in your collaborations with UMass Amherst. 

Facility Access

In R&D, sometimes just having the right analytical tool at the right time can make all the difference.  Many laboratory facilities at UMass Amherst have the resource capacity and availability of specialized instruments. UMII is your gateway to accessing these unique and valuable resources.  


UMII has the ability to support research of various types with compliance programs and management systems appropriate to the project’s regulatory framework. Research compliance staff work collaboratively to develop and implement environmental, security and technology control plans for your project, and to provide training and guidance for faculty and researchers to ensure conformance with your project’s specific requirements.

Innovators and Solutions

UMII can introduce you to faculty who are interested in moving their research beyond the publication stage and into R&D and products. We can also help you identify and hire current students, postdocs and graduates of UMass who are interested in gaining R&D experience before joining the industrial workforce. And, UMII can introduce you to student innovators and teams who are ready to have their business ideas exposed to the investor community.

New AddFab Facilities
UMII is partnering with UMass Dartmouth and UMass Lowell in an effort to increase the innovative capabilities of manufacturers within the Commonwealth. We are working with the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development in order to better serve the people of the Commonwealth. On November 8th we will be hosting a workshop to teach local manufacturers how to use the facilities. If you are an interested manufacturing company click the link below to register today.

Eventbrite - UMass Amherst - Introduction to Additive Manufacturing