University of Akron Research Foundation

The University of Akron Research Foundation (UARF) bridges gaps between industry and The University of Akron, facilitating the transfer of technology to private companies. It also provides intellectual property, commercialization and enterprise creation support to University faculty, staff and students, as well as Ohio entrepreneurs, innovators and business owners.

UARF is a single point of contact for industry, integrating research support services, including pre- and post-award contract administration, to facilitate compliance. As a separate corporation, UARF can engage in activities that state universities cannot, such as indemnifying research sponsors or holding equity in companies that license University intellectual property.

By streamlining the process for negotiating licensing agreements, administering contracts and procuring funds, UARF has increased UA licensing revenues from $270,000 in 2001 to $6.3 million in 2007.

The Akron Innovation Campus

The Akron Innovation Campus is part of the outreach and emerging enterprise support efforts of the University of Akron Research Foundation. The buildings fill a long-standing need for office space close to UA's main campus for UA spinout technology companies, industry research partners and other innovative enterprises.

Research Expertise & Industry Collaboration

Partner with The University of Akron to build on existing regional excellence in the areas of polymers, advanced materials, biotechnology, computational science and nanotechnology.

Economic Development & Commercialization Support

Gain support for entrepreneurship, innovation, collaboration and commercialization endeavors through The University of Akron's Fitzgerald Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies and a network of Northeast Ohio economic development partners.

Colleges, Institutes & Centers

Build on The University of Akron's research strengths through collaboration with the University's seven research colleges, 13 institutes and 28 centers.

Patents & Licensing

Access the area's premier strategic partner in navigating the patenting and licensing process. The University of Akron Research Foundation offers intellectual property support and technology transfer services to UA faculty, students and staff, as well as area entrepreneurs, innovators, businesses, organizations and industry.
Laboratory Services

Turn to The University of Akron's advanced equipment and facilities, expert consultation and testing, and production andprototyping services for any research need.

University of Akron Research Foundation


Goodyear Polymer Center, Suite 312
Akron, Ohio 44325-2103

Phone: 330-972-7840
Fax: 330-972-2368

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