UNHInnovation (UNHI) is the unit of the UNH Research Office that advocates for, manages, promotes, and commercializes UNH’s intellectual assets. UNHI facilitates the transfer of UNH research results to the public, while retaining the ability of the innovator to publish and otherwise openly disseminate research results, and pursue their research programs. UNHI supports start-up companies based on UNH’s intellectual property and facilitates partnerships between UNH and the business community. UNHI also supports the InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL) and the NH Innovation Research Center (NHIRC).
Goals 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 UNH 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 functions:
- 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 a primary goal of UNH's Strategic Plan, and a priority for UNHI. 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 that 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
UNHI hosts the Catalyst Seminar Series, which is held monthly during the academic year and covers topics such as entrepreneurship and commercializing innovations. 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
UNHI is the front door to UNH for the business community and is committed to helping businesses find and use the multitude of resources that are available at the university, including advanced instrumentation, research expertise, student and alumni recruitment options, and more. UNHI is an aggregator and information center for those resources and asists organizations in partnering and connecting 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 (primarily UNH and Dartmouth College) 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 NH 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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