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Ways to Collaborate

As a business collaborating with UMass Amherst through UMII, you'll find a variety of project frameworks to meet your needs:

  • Exploratory and Fundamental Research: Projects led by recognized UMass experts in their fields under contract to your organization focus on basic research and create new knowledge while directly supporting your industrial R&D efforts.  At each stage of the process, research directions are guided by the particular needs of the sponsor.
  • Applied Research and Technology Development:  Applied research builds upon basic science and engineering studies to yield applied and targeted results driven by sponsor specifications.  The programs are highly customized and agreements are tailored to the sponsor’s needs. 
  • Scoping Projects: This option is for short-duration feasibility studies and early assessments.  Scoping projects are perfect for idea development and the concept feasibility stage.  Information gained from scoping projects helps determine whether a longer-term research program is warranted and guides future research directions.
  • Research Services:  The Research Services program provides access to UMass technical expertise and facilities.  This option is for analytical work by scientists and researchers, including consultation and data analyses. We coordinate the arrangements for your company to get the instrument time and assistance needed to speed up your R&D efforts.