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The requirement to have an industrial partner ensures that I have a reality check on the work ā€“ and while it means more effort up front to establish the right relationships, in the end this is really helpful because it allows me to have some confidence that what Iā€™m doing is as practical and relevant to real-world needs as possible.
- Daniel Schmidt of UMass Lowell Plastics Engineering

Academic Research Grants

TURI Symposium

TURI provides seed funding for UMass faculty and their graduate students to conduct research related to toxics use reduction. The deadline for this year's proposals is June 23rd. Contact Greg Morose with any questions.

Research projects are intended to help Massachusetts companies develop solutions for some of the more challenging uses of toxic chemicals ā€“ therefore we seek the involvement of Massachusetts companies as industry partners for these academic research projects.

Academic researchers benefit from solving real world problems through their research and provide invaluable training for next generation engineers and scientists. Industry partners benefit by having highly skilled researchers work on their toxics use reduction problems at no cost.

Who's Eligible

Faculty researchers who:

  • Are teaching and/or conducting research at one of the five UMass campuses (Amherst, Lowell, Dartmouth, Boston or Worcester), and;
  • Have a master's or doctoral level student candidate who will be dedicated to the research project for one academic year

Research Focus Areas

Identifying industry research needs that can result in important innovations for industry sectors of particular relevance to Massachusetts is an important service TURI provides when choosing academic research projects to fund. Therefore, TURI seeks proposals on projects of particular relevance to Massachusetts companies, including research and development of new processes, materials and/or chemicals that can significantly reduce or eliminate the use of toxic chemicals for specific applications.

TURI is particularly interested in identifying research opportunities associated with the development of safer alternatives to chemicals that have been designated as higher hazard substances (HHS) under TURA. The current list of HHS includes:

  • Cadmium and its compounds
  • Trichloroethylene
  • Perchloroethylene
  • Formaldehyde
  • Hexavalent chromium
  • Methylene chloride
  • 1-Bromopropane (n-Propyl bromide)
  • Hydrogen fluoride
  • Cyanide compounds
  • Dimethyl formamide