Technology Transfer Office

The Technology Transfer Office (TTO) was established for all five campuses in September 1995 to commercialize University research. The Amherst office was founded in January 1997 to advance and broaden the Amherst campus’s potential intellectual property to commercial partners. The Central TTO is located in Shrewsbury, MA where it is part of the President's Office.

TTO at UMass Amherst is responsible for evaluating, protecting and commercializing UMass research that may have commercial value through licensing to startup companies and appropriate commercial firms. Additionally, we strive to create a customer-friendly system that assists faculty, staff and students in securing sponsored research funds and to transform their ideas, inventions and creative works into commercially viable products, processes and services that have economic payback to the inventors, the sponsors and the university. A complimentary objective is to create a business and industry-friendly system that promotes research collaboration at UMass Amherst and subsequent commercialization of valuable inventions. Click here to go to our Available Technologies database.

TTO also manages the patenting process, working with outside patent counsel to protect University intellectual property (IP) in the United States and abroad.

TTO's other responsibilities include:

  • Review and execution of Materials Transfer Agreements (MTAs) to ensure protection of University's IP, and to protect the institution against improper use of our researchers' material
  • Review and execution of Confidential Disclosure Agreements (CDAs)
  • Assisting in the documentation of Invention Disclosures
  • Proactively marketing UMass technology
  • Negotiating the "best deal" via University agreements (licenses, options, etc.)
  • Assisting with contacts and business plan advice on the creation of new businesses within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • Assisting the Office of Grants and Contracts Administration (OGCA) with the intellectual property clauses for Sponsored Research Agreements


Contact Us
Technology Transfer Office
Arnold House, Second Floor
Amherst, MA 01003

Main Phone 413-545-3606
Fax 413-577-0216