Research Partnership Opportunities

Research Partnership Opportunities


Cutting edge research is key to advancing innovation and entrepreneurship. At UNH, “research” encompasses exploration in all academic endeavors, from science and math to the humanities and arts.

There are many ways to collaborate:

  • Sponsor research activity
  • Partner with UNH researchers
  • Acquire high-end instruments though federal grants

UNH can help your business leverage additional funding

New Hampshire Innovation Research Center Grants (NHIRC)
**The funding for NHIRC was discontinued in 2021.  No new applications will be accepted for this program.**

The NHIRC was created in 1991 by the New Hampshire Legislature to support innovations through industry and university collaborations, thereby increasing the number of quality jobs in the state. Since its inception, the NHIRC has awarded more than $8 million in state funds to support research projects and has been responsible for the creation or retention of more than 685 jobs. Its awardees have received more than $32 million in federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants, over $950,000 in National Science Foundation Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (NSF-EPSCoR) funds, and over $900 million in investment/acquisition capital.

National Science Foundation GOALI (Grant Opportunities for Academic Liaison with Industry) Program

GOALI is a type of proposal that seeks to stimulate collaboration between academic research institutions and industry. Under this proposal type, academic scientists and engineers request funding either in conjunction with a regular proposal submitted to a standing National Science Foundation (NSF) program or as a supplemental funding request to an existing NSF-funded award.
Learn more about GOALI

Small Business Innovation Research Grants (SBIR)

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program is a highly competitive program that encourages domestic small businesses to engage in Federal Research/Research and Development (R/R&D) that has the potential for commercialization. Through a competitive awards-based program, SBIR enables small businesses to explore their technological potential and provides the incentive to profit from its commercialization. By including qualified small businesses in the nation's R&D arena, high-tech innovation is stimulated and the United States gains entrepreneurial spirit as it meets its specific research and development needs.
Learn Mor e about SBIR

Small Business Technology Transfer Grants (STTR)

The Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) is another program that expands funding opportunities in the federal innovation research and development (R&D) arena. Central to the program is expansion of the public/private sector partnership to include the joint venture opportunities for small businesses and nonprofit research institutions. The unique feature of the STTR program is the requirement for the small business to formally collaborate with a research institution in Phase I and Phase II. STTR's most important role is to bridge the gap between performance of basic science and commercialization of resulting innovations.
Learn More about STTR

Research Institutes & Centers

This list of UNH's Research Institutes and Centers has short descriptions and links to their web pages.

Find Research Area Experts

Use these lists to find an expert in a specific research area or to learn more about the breadth and depth of UNH Research.



Contact Information

Marc Eichenberger
Associate Vice President and Chief Business Development and Innovation Officer
(603) 862-5446