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
06/10/13 - Feathers that change color 10 times faster than ancestors led to the birth of new species and increased its survivability.
06/07/13 - As one of three universities chosen to be an NSF I-Corps site, UA has the potential to be a national model for how to quickly turn innovative research into commercially viable products or services.
06/05/13 - UA researchers have made a breakthrough in the manufacturing of polymer thin film. Its applications range from water filtration membranes to block viruses to extending the time between charges for electric car batteries.
05/01/13 - The Conquer Chiari Research Center at UA — the first of its kind — opens its doors for an open house.