Collage of photos of technologies supported by the program, including marine robotics, big data systems, nanomaterials, and printed electronics.

Collaborative Research and Development Matching Grant Program

Working in close collaboration with the Commonwealth’s Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development, the Innovation Institute at MassTech administers the Collaborative Research and Development Matching Grant Program to support large-scale, long-term projects that have the potential to spur innovation, promote cluster development, and grow jobs by investing in critical research & development (R&D) infrastructure. These investments support R&D partnerships that bring together the Commonwealth’s world-class research institutions and class-leading companies.

By allocating matching funds to support capital expenditures, the Innovation Institute works with an Investment Advisory Committee composed of executives from academia, industry, and the venture capital communities to identify opportunities to strengthen and expand the state’s innovation economy, with a specific focus on technology clusters where Massachusetts can achieve global leadership.

To learn more about eligibility criteria or how to apply, visit the Collaborative R&D Grant procurement page.

Summary of current R&D awards: Gov. Baker tours Northeastern's Kostas Center prior to the announcement of the grant to NU's Advanced Nanomanufacturing Cluster for Smart Sensors and Materials in April 2016.

  • $20M in awards to date, with millions more committed in matching contributions;
  • Five awards made to projects across the Commonwealth, helping support innovative industry/academic collaborations and R&D infrastructure;
  • First award announced in April 2014 with the most recent made in August 2016;
  • Emerging industries supported: cloud computing, marine robotics, printed electronics, cybersecurity, nanomaterials/smart sensors.

Click below to learn more about our current Collaborative Research and Development Matching Grant awards

(Photos courtesy: MassTech, Northeastern University, and UMass-Lowell.)