UMass Innovation Institute (UMII)

UMass Amherst has a new view on applied research and industry engagement. We have reinvented the way we do business to ensure that discoveries translate into innovation. Through the UMass Innovation Institute (UMII), the University of Massachusetts Amherst is reinventing its approach to applied research and engagement with industry.

Our aim is simple: to ensure that UMass Amherst discoveries and technologies move forward into society. UMII is an important new 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.

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.