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Academic Research Grants

Siemens Collaborates with UMass Lowell Researchers to Find a Safer Surfactant

TURI Academic Research Grants

The TURI Academic Research grants are intended to help Massachusetts companies develop solutions for some of the more challenging uses of toxic chemicals. We seek the involvement of Massachusetts companies as industry partners for these 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.

Although the deadline date of June 21 for applications has passed, contact Greg Morose to discuss your project ideas for next year.

Who's Eligible for the Grant

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.

The maximum funding amount for each research project is $25,000 and project proposals typically fall within the $20,000 to $25,000 range. This program emphasizes the importance of graduate student engagement. The bulk of the funding is intended to compensate graduate students actively involved in the research over the course of the academic year. 

Project Examples

This year's projects include:

  • Assistant Professor James Reuther of the Chemistry Department at UMass Lowell aims to find a safer and more effective nail polish remover for methacrylate-based gel nail polish. 
  • Professor Ram Nagarajan of the Department of Plastics Engineering at UMass Lowell is partnering with Bradford Industries of Lowell for a second year to find and evaluate safer solvent blends to replace the use of the toxic solvent dimethylformamide (DMF). 
  • Assistant Professor Hsi-Wu Wong of the Department of Chemical Engineering at UMass Lowell is partnering with Waters Corporation of Milford for a second year to continue identifying and testing the performance of safer solvents used in liquid chromatography equipment. 




The requirement to have an industrial partner ensures that I have a reality check on the research. This is really helpful because it allows me to have confidence that what I’m doing is as practical and relevant to real-world needs as possible.
- Prof. Daniel Schmidt of UMass Lowell Plastics Engineering Dept.