UMS State-Funded Research
November 3, 1998: Maine voters approved a $20 million bond issue to improve the Maine economy by supporting innovative research and development. UMS received $13.5 million from this bond for capital improvements and equipment purchases to support research and development. The bond proceeds were distributed between UMaine ($10.8 million) and USM ($2.7 million).
June 4, 1999: Governor signed into law the Part II Supplemental Appropriation budget (Chapter 401) that appropriated $2.5 million in 2000–01 to UMS on a “base budget” basis to pay the debt service on a $25 million university R&D revenue bond. The university issued the revenue bond
August 15, 2000. It provides $20 million for the UMaine Engineering Science Research Building and $5 million for the USM Portland Science Building Lab Renovation.
April 25, 2000: Governor signed into law a one-time supplemental appropriation (Chapter 731) that appropriated $9 million for the renovation of teaching laboratories and classrooms in Aubert Hall at UMaine.
June 11, 2002: Maine voters approved a $35 million bond issue to be used in part to stimulate job growth. UMS received $9 million, with the bond proceeds distributed to UMaine ($5 million) for the Advanced Manufacturing Center and to USM ($4 million) for the Mitchell Center.
June 10, 2003: Maine voters approved a $60 million bond issue to be used to stimulate job creation and economic growth. UMaine and USM received a combined $15 million to support their research efforts, $3.6 million of which was matching funds for MEIF R&D projects.
November 8, 2005: Maine voters approved a $20 million bond issue to be used to stimulate economic growth and job creation. UMaine received $3 million for the development of the Laboratory for Surface Science and Technology, and renovations associated with the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. Maine voters also approved an $8.9 million bond related to agriculture and the environment. UMaine received $800,000 for improvements to the Witter Teaching and Research Farm.
November 6, 2007: Maine voters approved $50 million in research, development, and commercialization funds for targeted technology sectors, to be awarded after a competitive process administered by the Maine Technology Institute. UMaine received eight awards totaling $17,378,345 to further support their research and development efforts. The University of Maine at Presque Isle received $96,800 to implement an information mapping and analysis facility.