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The University of Maine highlights provided here are an integral part of the UMaine Blue Sky Plan and aligns outcomes with the research strategic plan as well as the state’s science & technology strategic plan. Each are referenced as they collectively address the broader academic and R&D initiatives. It is important to note that in addition research is intimately connected to teaching at the undergraduate and graduate level as well as the enhanced linkage of GK-12 teachers and students in appropriate research activities.

The University of Maine Blue Sky Plan (2012-2017)

The University of Maine will align its innovation, entrepreneurship and community outreach with the priority economic and cultural needs of Maine. Our interconnected research, teaching and service mission will be a primary engine that drives Maine’s future. Our research enterprise will increase UMaine’s stature and footprint, and expand “use-inspired research.” We will focus on targeted growth in arenas promising returns on investment that will ultimately benefit all of our constituencies.

Increase total income from UMaine Research and Development Initiatives.

State of Maine Science and Technology Action Plan

The Maine Innovation Economy Advisory Board (MIEAB) is required by statute to develop a Science and Technology Action Plan every five years, starting in 2010. This plan describes a new phase of Maine’s investment in an innovation economy, broadening the earlier focus on building research capacity to include investment into innovation and entrepreneurship as well as R&D. This is reflected in a new vision: Create an environment where science, technology, innovation and entrepreneurship stimulate Maine’s economy.

Progress towards the new vision with three benchmarks:

To reach these benchmarks, the State of Maine must pursue three strategies:

  1. Increase Maine’s total research and development by increasing R&D in the academic, non-profit and private sectors.
  2. Increase employment by building innovation capacity.
  3. Increase per capita income by increasing the skills of Maine workers.

The University of Maine FY13 Highlights

UMaine Highlights



Contact Information

Maine Economic Improvement Fund
5717 Corbett Hall
Orono, ME 04469
Phone: 207.581.2201 | Fax: 207.581.1479E-mail:
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
A Member of the University of Maine System