Economic Development and Technology Commercialization Resources

USM Institutions have numerous programs and resources to accelerate technology transfer, foster entrepreneurism, and nurture new company formation. This website highlights key resources at all USM institutions.

Funding Sources

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Hot Technologies

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Success Stories

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The USM attracts close to $1.28 billion in extramural funding annually, of which almost 66% comes from federal sources and approximately 10% from industrial sponsors. Collectively, the USM is ranked 11th in total sponsored research funding in the country and is ranked 9th in funding from industrial sources. IP-based start-ups grew significantly from 6 start-ups in FY 2011 to 12 start-ups in FY 2015. Additionally, the number of USM invention disclosures, which is a leading indicator in the commercialization process, increased by 36% to 384 invention disclosures in FY 2014.

With 200 tenants, USM research parks are home to 5,950 jobs and $1.125 billion in capital investments

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increase in new patents filed (230 in 2014) compared to 2011


disclosures in 2014 compared to 282 in 2013

$1.28 billion

in total research contracts and grants - USM is ranked


in the US

331 joint

research proposals since FY 2012. Over 60 joint awards


new companies facilitated since 2011 against the 2020 strategic plan goal of 325

USM institutions have facilitated the creation of 388 companies since July 2011

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For further information regarding the contents of this page, please contact Tom Sadowski at or Suresh Balakrishnan at or (301) 445-2783.