UMass Innovation Institute (UMII)

The UMass Innovation Institute (UMII) is offering virtual office hours: Thursdays, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. via Zoom. Please email to set up an appointment.


The UMass Innovation Institute's (UMII) aim is simple: to ensure that UMass Amherst discoveries and technologies move forward into society. UMII is an important channel at Massachusetts’ flagship public research university for industry-sponsored basic and applied research, collaborative partnerships, and technology translation to industry.

  • Your Open Door to UMass Amherst - As the single point of entry for the largest public research university campus in Massachusetts, we can find what you need quickly and get you lined up with the right people.
  • Bridging Research to Development - UMII can facilitate academic-industry projects that go beyond fundamental research. We’re a bridge between UMass basic research and downstream technology development work in your organization.
  • Meeting Your Needs - UMII was created to be responsive, agile, flexible and timely. We work hard to eliminate red tape, conflicts and delays. We listen, work with you, and deliver value with business processes that meet your needs.
  • Reducing Risk - The UMass Innovation Institute provides reliable security, confidentiality and regulatory compliance.

Mount Ida Innovation and Collaboration Space

The Mount Ida campus of UMass Amherst is a hub for innovation, connecting research and industry. It is home to over 25,000 square feet of facilities to help businesses grow.  The Mount Ida Innovation Space was established by UMass Amherst and the UMass Innovation Institute to connect early-stage companies with the Commonwealth’s largest public research university.  

Located on UMass Amherst's campus in Newton, it is home to a community of entrepreneurs. It comprises more than than 25,000 square feet of co-working space: offices — both dedicated and shared — in addition to conference rooms,  auditoriums, laboratories, a makerspace and event spaces. The space serves as a hub for innovation by connecting UMass Amherst with the area’s most forward-thinking companies and individuals.

Mission and Vision

UMII’s mission is to increase opportunities for research support and to efficiently and effectively move research outcomes from campus labs into society. We do this through an institutional commitment to responsiveness, agility, flexibility and timeliness in dealing with sponsors, collaborators, faculty and external stakeholders. UMII enables the University of Massachusetts Amherst to expand the impact of its research in new directions, with new partners, and through creative approaches to collaboration.

Our vision is for UMII to impact regional and national economic growth by ensuring that knowledge and technology developed at UMass are rapidly and broadly disseminated to advance the nation’s social and economic interests.