The University of Akron seeks to increase relevant knowledge for it stakeholders, including students, industries, governments and educational institutions. The University sees its research as a driver for finding meaningful solutions to advance the region. UA's research initiatives include:
- Research expertise in polymers and advanced materials, biomaterials and medical devices, advanced energy, computational science, and nanotechnology
- 70 new technologies disclosed each year
- A leadership role in the BioInnovation Institute in Akron
- Collaboration with industry through more than one hundred active sponsored research projects
- Entrepreneurship initiatives including the Akron Regional Change Angels (ARCHAngels) investment network that connects emerging companies to funding sources
- A technology transfer program that ranks first in Ohio in efficiency of commercializing research
- A nationally recognized research foundation (UARF) that shares its expertise with other major Ohio universities
- Collaboration with the Greater Akron Chamber to build, attract and retain high tech companies in Northeast Ohio
- A commitment to attract and graduate more students in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines through partnership in Akron’s STEM-focused high school
11/22/13 - UA was one of three U.S. universities named an Innovation Corps site by the National Science Foundation, providing a platform for students and researchers to pitch their innovations in an attempt to win federal funding.
11/14/13 - Study finds increased spirituality in teens associated with abstinence, increased positive social behaviors and reduced narcissism.
11/13/13 - Hossein Tavana has been awarded a two-year National Institutes of Health grant to support his efforts to advance the testing and effectiveness of anticancer drugs.
In his annual State of the University Address, President Luis Proenza reflected on the dramatic changes to higher education and our campus over his 15 years as president.