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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 2017 proposals is passed.  Contact Greg Morose to discuss future opportunities.

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

The companies below would serve as industry partners for any faculty proposals submitted to address one of the following identified research projects.

  • Waters Corporation (Milford,MA): Research safer solvents to replace the use of methanol or acetonitrile in liquid chromatography equipment.
  • Mexichem Specialty Compounds (Leominster,MA): Research alternative wire and cable jacketing compounds for riser applications that reduce or eliminate the need for antimony trioxide synergists without increasing the amount of halogenated flame retardants used.
  • Bradford Coatings, Inc (Lowell,MA): Research safer solvents to replace dimethylformamide (DMF) used to solubilize polycarbonate and polyurethane for textile coating formulations.
  • Dry Cleaning Industry: Research safer solvents as a drop in replacement for perchloroethylene (perc) in existing dry cleaning equipment. TURI can assist with identifying industry partners within the dry cleaning industry.