University of Akron Research Foundation

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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.


UARF’s unique initiatives include:

  • Seniors Fellows program through which former industry executives mentor faculty, facilitate industry collaboration, advise startup companies, and encourage innovation and regional economic development
  • Akron Innovation Campus, a new model of mixed-use buildings where university startups and independent companies share space adjacent to campus
  • Advice for startup formation, including supporting the creation of more than 50 technology-based startup companies
  • Founder of the $33 million Exxon/YANPET elastomer training program

Through the Global EIR program, UARF is hoping to support university/industry collaboration and to provide effective mechanisms by which discoveries, inventions, processes and work products of the university are developed and commercialized.