Our Location

A state-of-the-art multipurpose facility owned by the University of Massachusetts Lowell, the Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell is conveniently located in the heart of historic Lowell adjacent to the campus and research facilities. The greater Boston and New England technology corridor provides an exceptional location for collaboration between small businesses, academic research, and Department of Defense agencies focused on research, development, and acquisition. The Department of the Navy’s SBIR/STTR Program Office is excited to partner with the UMass Lowell Research Institute in bringing you the nineteenth edition of the Forum for SBIR/STTR Transition (FST) – mobilizing a new generation of government, industry, and academic innovators!

The UMass Lowell Research Institute officially announced they were “open for business” in November 2018, however their roots run deep in linking core university capabilities with Department of Defense requirements. From early textile mills to the first plastics engineering department in the country, UMass Lowell is a premier research institution with a 100-year history developing what is possible. Conveniently located near Hanscom Air Force Base and key elements of the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, today the Research Institute focuses on bridging the gap between life-changing research and developing cutting-edge technology for our warfighters.


DoD Research and Development
UMass Lowell RI’s renowned researchers combine science, engineering, economics, policy and technical expertise to solve complex problems for our customers. See how we put effective, practical solutions into action. Learn More
Advanced Manufacturing
The UMass Lowell Research Institute Advanced Manufacturing Division is establishing an ITAR-controlled manufacturing center located at 1001 Pawtucket Ave. in Lowell. Learn More
Academic Offerings
The Academic Division currently provides two academic classrooms within our facility located at 55 Old Bedford Road in Lincoln. Learn More
Small Business Innovation Research Center
The UMass Small Business Innovation Research Center of Excellence offers the full spectrum of UMass resources, an SBIR technical evaluator, as well as experts  to explore their technological potential. Learn More