UNHInnovation (UNHI) is the unit of the UNH Research Office responsible for advocating, managing, promoting, and commercializing UNH’s intellectual assets. UNHI facilitates the transfer of UNH research results to the public, while retaining the innovators’ ability to publish and openly disseminate research results, and pursue their research programs. UNHInnovation supports start-up companies based on UNH’s intellectual property and strives to create partnerships between UNH and the business community. UNHInnovation also hosts the InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL) and the NH Innovation Research Center (NHIRC).
Mission of UNHInnovation:
- Build research partnerships that result in commercialization and economic development
- Serve as the focal point for advocacy and support of UNH's intellectual property and business resources
- Provide faculty and staff with information on, and assistance with, intellectual property protection by patent, copyright, or other means
- Facilitate transfer of University research results to the public by bringing researchers and the business community together
- Provide a centralized location where the business community can learn about, and gain access to, UNH equipment, facilities, talent, and expertise
- Contribute to statewide economic development through the New Hampshire Innovation Research Center (a matching grant program funded by the New Hampshire Legislature)
The office has four components:
- Managing and Commercializing Intellectual Property
- Connecting the Business Community to UNH Resources
- InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL)
- NH Innovation Research Center (NHIRC)
Commercializing UNH’s intellectual capital is one of the main points in UNH's strategic plan, and is a priority for UNHInnovation. UNHI evaluates innovation disclosures based on UNH research and funds the protection of these ideas via patents, copyrights, and trademarks. The investment in UNH research represents the original “seed capital” that starts ideas down the path to commercialization. UNHI’s licensing managers market innovations to companies with similar research or business interests who can commit to commercializing or further developing the technology in exchange for downstream royalties. UNHI is also responsible for all start-up company formations based on UNH’s intellectual assets, and structures start-up licenses to maximize the possibility of success.
Catalyst Seminar Series
UNHInnovation hosts the Catalyst Seminar Series which is held monthly and covers topics related to entrepreneurship, commercializing innovations, and the business community. The seminars are open to all and designed to be a meeting place for innovators, entrepreneurs, service providers, and anyone else interested in how the University innovations of today represent the information and opportunities of tomorrow.
(2) Connecting the Business Community to UNH Resources
UNHInnovation serves as the front door to UNH for partners in the business community and is committed to helping businesses find and utilize UNH's technology, equipment, talent, and expertise. From advanced instrumentation rental to the professional and executive development programs, UNHI acts as an information center for all the various opportunities for businesses to connect with UNH.
UNH-IOL is a neutral, third-party laboratory dedicated to testing data networking technologies through industry collaboration. Since 1988, the laboratory has fostered multi-vendor interoperability while preparing students for careers in the industry. The UNH-IOL has grown steadily into one of the industry's premier independent proving grounds for new technologies with a focus on quality assurance. Testing is conducted in the laboratory's 32,000+ square foot facility, which houses a multi-million-dollar array of test equipment and the latest devices from member companies. In return for their latest devices and support, members are entitled to high-caliber interoperability and conformance testing against other vendors' devices. The UNH-IOL has also developed many data networking tools that companies can license for in-house testing.
NHIRC is a matching grant program that connects New Hampshire companies with expertise at research universities
to solve scientific or technical problems. Established in 1991 and funded by the New Hampshire Legislature, the NHIRC has, so far, awarded more than $6 million in state funds to support 183 research projects at 137 companies in New Hampshire. The NHIRC has shown leverage of 20:1 on state dollars, including a major component of the state’s NSF (National Science Foundation) EPSCoR (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) program. NHIRC is responsible for the creation or retention of 650 jobs, and its awardees have received greater than $32 million in federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants and over $900 million in investment/acquisition capital. The NHIRC is administered by UNHInnovation on behalf of the State.
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