Research at UA

The University of Akron seeks to increase relevant knowledge for its stakeholders, including students, industries, our community, governments and educational institutions. The University research is a driver for finding meaningful solutions to advance the region, our industries and the body of knowledge in relevant fields.


UA works creatively to solve industry and societal problems, creating opportunities and workforce development through many of its colleges, institutes and centers. Seek out the assistance that's right for your need!

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The University of Akron Research Offices support the funding, administration and commercialization of our faculty research by acting as a bridge between faculty and the business community.

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You'll broaden your horizons through internships, hands-on business development and entrepreneurial experience which will expand your abilities for futures in academic, business and manufacturing careers.

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Office of Research Administration

The University of Akron Office of Research Administration (ORA) supports UA’s research endeavors. ORA is committed to providing the highest level of customer service to our research community, through responsiveness, communication, and transparency. We strive to be a Lean operation by using technology and tools as they become available, streamlining and continuously improving our processes, and providing user-friendly products.

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Office of Technology Transfer

The Office of Technology Transfer (OTT) at The University of Akron provides support to faculty, students, and staff for protecting their discoveries and other intellectual property resulting from university research.

The mission of the OTT is to improve the likelihood for commercial success of research discoveries that can be turned into useful products and services with benefit to the public.

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University of Akron Research Foundation (UARF)

The University of Akron Research Foundation (UARF) was established in 2001 to promote and support university/industry collaboration and to provide effective mechanisms by which discoveries, inventions, processes and work products of the University are developed and commercialized.

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I-Corps Site

The goal of UA's I-Corps Site is to help faculty, students and the community answer important commercialization questions through critical market and commercialization evaluations. Typical teams will be comprised of at least one faculty member (Academic Lead), one or more students (Entrepreneurial Lead), and one or more Mentors. Faculty from all colleges and department are encouraged to apply. Faculty from other regional universities and colleges and early-stage companies can also apply. Students can apply independently to join existing teams or startups.

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Testing Services

At the University of Akron Technology Services, our mission is to support industry through the delivery of training, testing, and processing services that enrich learning and optimize product and process performance. Akron Polymer Technology Services (APTS), armed with the capabilities within the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering (CPSPE), and the National Center for the Education and Research on Corrosion and Material Performance (NCERCAMP) through the College of Engineering (COE) offer unique services in these specialized, high impact industries.

We look forward to hearing from you and sharing valuable ways we can help your company grow and excel in today's competitive market.

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About UA Research

The University of Akron is the public research university for Northern Ohio with an annual research budget of more than $50 million and a portfolio of more than 300 issued, pending and provisional patents.

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Research News

Professor trains Iraqi heritage workers in cutting-edge archaeological technology

Dr. Tim Matney led geophysical survey technology training on an international team of archaeologists from the British Museum in Iraq.
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Why some people won’t evacuate: FEMA research

In her research done after Hurricane Katrina, Dr. Stacy Willett has identified six major reasons why people ignore mandatory evacuation notices.

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UA professor awarded federal grant to study breast cancer

Dr. Hossein Tavana’s focus on stromal cells that contribute to tumor growth and persistence could lead to more effective drug treatments.
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Polymer faculty continue to earn significant federal research funds

The nearly $4 million received is for topics ranging from designing new materials inspired by a bird’s nest to 3D printing and nanocomposites.
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