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Who We Are

The University of Memphis Research Foundation (UMRF) is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Headquartered in the FedEx Institute of Technology, the research foundation was chartered in 2006 in the State of Tennessee to benefit the University of Memphis and accepts, manages, and disburses funding to support UofM research.

Supporting Research at the

University of Memphis

What We Do

The research foundation facilitates the acquisition of sponsored research funds, holds and manages intellectual property assets on behalf of the University, promotes the transfer of University technologies to appropriate partners for further development and commercialization, and operates the UMRF Research Park. In addition, UMRF serves as the holding organization for various start-up and subsidiary companies, including the wholly-owned company UMRF Ventures, Inc.


Giving Back to Research

Contributions to the research foundation come from individuals, corporations, foundations, and government organizations.


The grants and related earnings provide financial support to deserving scholars and support a wide spectrum of University research needs.

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