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Build on our strength

The University of Akron's economic development efforts extend throughout Northeast Ohio. Much of this effort has been fueled by the innovations and thought leadership developed and refined in our labs, institutes and centers.

You can benefit from our research strengths through collaboration with our seven research colleges, 11 institutes and 30 centers. 

Research colleges


William and Rita Fitzgerald Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies
Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics
Institute of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering
Institute for Teaching and Learning
Institute for Life-Span Development and Gerontology
Institute for Health and Social Policy
Institute for Global Business
Institute for Biomedical Engineering Research
Gary L. and Karen S. Taylor Institute for Direct Marketing
Fisher Institute of Professional Selling
English Language Institute


Workforce Training Solutions (formerly UA Solutions)
William and Rita Fitzgerald Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies
University of Akron Magnetic Resonance Center (UA/MRC)
Training Center for Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice
Training Center for Fire and Hazardous Materials
The University of Akron Archival Services
Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics
Nutrition Center
Nursing Center for Community Health
National Center for Education and Research on Corrosion and Materials Performance
Multicultural Center
Microscale Physiochemical Engineering Center (MPEC)
Joseph G. Miller and William C. Becker Institute for Professional Responsibility
Intellectual Property Law and Technology Center
H. Kenneth Barker Center for Economic Education
FirstEnergy Advanced Energy Research Center
EXL Center [Experiential Learning Center for Entrepreneurship & Civic Engagement]
Center for the History of Psychology
Center for Statistical Consulting
Center for Silver Therapeutics Research
Center for Organizational Research
Center for Literacy
Center for Information Technologies and eBusiness
Center for Family Studies
Center for Environmental Studies
Center for Emergency Management and Homeland Security Policy Research
Center for Conflict Management
Center for Advanced Vehicles and Energy Systems
Akron Global Polymer Academy