Innovation & Impact
As Massachusetts' flagship public research university, UMass Amherst is proudly committed to translating cutting-edge research into real-world impact—from discoveries that advance medicine and technology to efforts to confront pressing social challenges and adapt to the effects of climate change. UMass Amherst researchers partner with government, nonprofits, and industry alike to serve the Commonwealth and improve lives.
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IMPROVING HUMAN HEALTH & WELL-BEING
At the Institute for Applied Life Sciences (IALS), more than 200 faculty-led research groups translate research into innovative product candidates, technologies, and services to benefit human health and well-being. Focus areas include creating state-of-the-art wearable devices, developing new biomolecule/delivery vehicle combinations, and discovering novel disease-related cellular pathways, drug-targets, and therapeutic candidates. Learn how IALS is helping biotech entrepreneurs grow their businesses and advance cancer treatment.
The UMass Amherst Core Facilities, managed through the Institute for Applied Life Sciences (IALS), consist of 30 laboratories containing state-of-the-art instrumentation, equipment, and world-class experts available to the industry research communities and academics on campus, throughout Massachusetts, and beyond.
Partnering with Industry
UMass Amherst researchers regularly collaborate with private companies large and small, such as Amazon, Bose Corporation, BMW, GOJO Industries, Eversource, BASF, Motif FoodWorks, Inc., and Saucony. Our Mount Ida Campus is a hub of research-industry collaboration and student-focused experiential learning. Here, academic programs align with high-demand areas, including health care, business, computer science, and other STEM specialties, while internships, co-ops, and practicums offer students meaningful real-world experience and industry connections.
UMass Amherst researchers are working to reduce suffering and mitigate the effects of the opioid crisis through compassionate care, evidence-based solutions, and machine learning.
Supporting Adaptation to Climate Change
UMass Amherst hosts the Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center (NE CASC), one of nine regional centers managed by the U.S. Geological Survey National Climate Adaptation Science Center. NE CASC works with natural and cultural resource managers to help fish, wildlife, and ecosystems adapt to the impacts of climate change.
FROM THE LAB TO THE MARKET
The National Science Foundation (NSF) I-Corps site program at UMass Amherst provides funding and training for STEM faculty and students to elevate their research and bring cutting-edge innovations from the lab to the market.