Center for UMass / Industry Research on Polymers
CUMIRP


 
Mission Statement: To act as a cross-roads where University research and education meet with Industry and Government partners in Polymer Science and Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst to leverage resources and foster partnerships that lead to lasting value collaborations.

The Center
: The oldest National Science Foundation established Industry / University Cooperative Research Center (NSF-I/UCRC), established in 1980, has evolved into a dynamic Center program.  Its multi-part structure offers flexibility to participating members in tailoring their research programs and objectives. The customized approach allows Sponsors to meet the challenges of integrating cutting-edge science and technology transfer in a fast-paced business world.

CUMIRP's Multi-Part Structure:
  • Part I - Research Consortium (NSF I/UCRC Format) Part I is divided into "Clusters" of related research topics.
  • Part II - One-on-One Sponsored Research
  • Part III - Unrestricted Research Grants
  • Part IV - Short Duration, Idea Development Research Project


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CUMIRP Featured in
Industry-University Cooperative Research Centers Program Evaluation Project

Research Center Sustainability and Survival: Case Studies of Fidelity, Reinvention
and Leadership of Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers

Denis Gray, Lou Tornatzky, Lindsey McGowen
Completed 2012

Final Report (pdf)

Full article: http://www.ncsu.edu/iucrc/SupplementalResearch.htm

The Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC) program was designed to enhance the US’s research, education and technology transfer infrastructure by promoting stronger technical and organizational ties between university and industry. Evaluation efforts undertaken during the I/UCRCs thirty-plus years of operation have provided persuasive and methodologically robust evidence that it has been achieving these objectives. However, like other federal S&T programs, little has been known about the extent to which the I/UCRC program achieved another important program objective . the establishment of long-term partnerships that were self-sustaining.

Building on archival data collected as part of the ongoing I/UCRC evaluation effort and new interviews with key informants involved in the transition from a government-funded program to self-sustainability, we developed a collection of case studies that attempted to highlight both the factors that influenced survival and the different post-NSF paths to Center sustainability that different Centers could take.

Four case studies highlight how, with effective leadership, Centers can not only navigate these and other challenges to sustainability but in some cases reinvent the I/UCRC model so it was better suited to unique local needs and circumstances. Chapter 3, Reinventing the I/UCRC Model, tells the story of the Center for University of Massachusetts/Industry Research on Polymers (CUMIRP) and how it developed a hybrid center model.


Technology - Intellectual Property

UMass Amherst's Office of Commercial Ventures and Intellectual Property (CVIP) specializes in the commercialization of University technology.  CVIP is responsible for working with industry to license technologies created on its Amherst campus.  The primary commercialization mechanism is through license agreements with for-profit companies.  These companies make and sell products that incorporate University technology.  Other routes may include the formation of new companies.

Information on upcoming and past CUMIRP Events

 
CUMIRP News, including links to recent publications, developments and news articles
 
http://www.polymer.org, which highlights polymer research and education across the UMass Amherst campus and beyond

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