Research at the University of Akron

Research at UA

The University of Akron seeks to increase relevant knowledge for its 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


Millions in state funding to support UA research

Research at The University of AkronUA was the big winner in the distribution of funding from the Ohio Third Frontier Commission.

Of the $12.5 million in awards announced in October to support start-ups and commercialize technologies, University of Akron researchers and their collaborators received a combined total of more than $5 million—more than any other single organization in the state. Full story.

Research News

Students get paid back for smart investment

The Northeast Ohio Student Venture Fund gives graduate students the opportunity to hone their business acumen and help launch new companies.
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UA key player in building NE Ohio biomimicry expertise

Art imitates life. So, too, does nature-inspired design, called biomimicry, an emerging field in which Northeast Ohio and UA are positioned to be global leaders.
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Lab to study how a fly can boost your handheld's battery

UA's Wireless Communications Lab wins a $400,000 National Science Foundation grant to develop power-saving smartphone antennas inspired by the amazing design of a fly's ear.
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Life on Mars?

UA microbiologist Dr. Hazel Barton and a NASA research panel are charged with finding the answer to that oft-asked question.
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