Departments and Centers

Industrial Cooperation

Industrial Cooperation arranges all fee-for-service work and industry-sponsored collaborative research, matching companies with the appropriate UMaine expertise and facilities.

We help UMaine achieve its goals of research and public service, while avoiding conflicts of interest with the private sector and ensuring that the university is compensated for private use of its state-supported resources. We provide professional and responsive support in the form of contract review, drafting, negotiations, contract execution, and project management.  The office strives to streamline research agreement negotiations and management. We also handle any related non-funded agreements needed for each project – confidentiality agreements, material transfer agreements, etc.


Technology Transfer

The Department of Industrial Cooperation at UMaine serves as the primary link between the university and commercial interests. UMaine’s rapidly growing research base has fueled over fifty patents and patent applications from the work of faculty, staff and students.  DIC works to commercialize these results through collaborative research and licensing of intellectual property to companies.

Current licenses, license options and license negotiations include technologies in the areas of energy storage, carbon nanomaterials, composites and composite structures, chemical products, medical devices, sensors, molecular imaging and software.


Center for Cooperative Aquaculture Research (CCAR)

The Center for Cooperative Aquaculture Research is a commercial scale aquaculture facility located in Franklin, Maine.fishhyyy The facilities comprise both seawater and freshwater systems for finfish rearing and holding, and are used to train staff and students in aquaculture techniques, demonstrate marine aquaculture, and offer business incubation services. More information about the CCAR is available online.


Foster Center for Student Innovation

Foster Center for Student Innovation

The Innovation Center provides students, faculty and staff with the knowledge, tools and inspiration to become innovators and entrepreneurs. The center offers programs and events, as well as access to one-on-one advising and coaching, credit courses in innovation, fun and inspirational seminars, and offices and meeting space for student companies and projects. More information is available at the Innovation Center’s website.


UMaine Incubation Program at the UpStart Center for Entrepreneurship

Located in Orono, Maine, the incubator provides developing firms with the space, support services and resources necessary to become successful. This center is designed to assist firms engaged in technology and innovation related activities. Visit the Incubator website for more information