University of Akron
Research Foundation

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.

To learn more, see the most recently updated version  of UARF's brochure.

Akron Innovation Campus

The Akron Innovation Campus, 411, 441 and 495 Wolf Ledges Pkwy., is part of the outreach and emerging enterprise support efforts of the University 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. For more information, call UARF at 330-972-7840 or email

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UARF guidelines and procedures

Download the pdf of UARF’s Guidelines and Procedures or call the UARF office, 330-972-7840, for a hard copy. To make comments or updates to the guidelines, call 330-972-7840 or email

Frequently requested forms and documents

Check Request
Check Request for Travel Expenses
Signature Authorization
Deposit Request
Agreement for Independent Contractor Services
Disclosure of Invention
Revenue Allocation Agreement (Sample 1)
Revenue Allocation Agreement (Sample 2)
FAQs on U.S. Patent, Copyright, Trademark and Trade Secret Law
UA Board Rule 3359-2-05: Research, Copyright, and Patent Policy
UA Board Rule 3359-11-18: Conduct and Ethics Policy

Foundation news

UA officials celebrate Saudi students with Kingdom royalty

Several University of Akron officials were in attendance in Saudi Arabia (KSA) in early March to honor the first-ever class of graduates in a new elastomer technology training program.

UA and its research foundation partnered with ExxonMobil Chemical and SABIC to support the establishment of the Kingdom's High Institute of Elastomers Industries (HIEI) to train Saudi technicians to work in the Kingdom’s developing elastomers conversion industry. Full story.