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Research, Innovation and Economic Development

  • In 2008, Battelle Institute performed an independent study of Maine’s research and innovation strengths (grants, publications and patents). UMaine had the state’s highest ranking.
  • As the state’s land grant institution, UMaine is doing research, development and commercialization in all seven of the state’s designated technology sectors.
  • UMaine holds 99 percent of the patents granted within the University of Maine System, with more than 100 U.S. and foreign patents issued and pending.
  • In FY12, UMaine filed 14 new patent applications. Five new patents were issued and  five new licenses were signed.
  • UMaine filed 141 patents between FY05 and FY12.
  • UMaine researchers have secured over 100 patents.
  • UMaine is the only research institution in Maine to include large-scale, pilot-plant capabilities in its research facilities to demonstrate and commercialize real-scale R&D. Related research areas and facilities include pulp and paper and forest bioproducts, wood and structural composites, food, aquaculture, nanotechnology and microelectronics, advanced manufacturing, supercluster supercomputing, and agriculture  greenhouses and demonstration farms. Maine companies partner with UMaine and regularly use these facilities for commercialization and business development purposes.
  • UMaine’s inventory of high-tech specialized equipment has over $30 million in value and is shared with research institutions throughout Maine.
  • UMaine has a statewide  economic development presence with five R&D and Extension field stations  and 16 county Extension offices.
  • UMaine has received $2,881,502 million in revenues from industrial partnerships.
  • In FY12, UMaine’s Target Technology Incubator provided space to eight tenant companies, supported five affiliate companies, and provided referrals or counseling to more than 200 companies and entrepreneurs.
  • UMaine-affiliated aquaculture incubators in Franklin and Walpole supported six companies moving toward full-scale commercialization.
  • There were four new tech-based start-up companies formed to commercialize UMaine patent-pending technology during FY11.
  • The Foster Center for Student Innovation is nurturing Maine’s next generation of high-tech entrepreneurs and innovators. The Center is currently partnering with the alumnus Doug Hall and the Eureka! Ranch, teaching its groundbreaking Innovation Engineering program to hundreds of students and business leaders across Maine.
  • For every dollar the state invests in UMaine through the Maine Economic Improvement Fund, researchers leverage $5 from outside sources (2012).
  • UMaine’s Center for Undergraduate Research was established in 2008 to connect students with faculty projects that suit their interests.