Innovation Partners

The University of Memphis is ready to collaborate with your organization to advance research and innovation nationally. If you have an idea for partnership, want to explore opportunities for collaboration, or are interested in learning about how research and innovation partnerships work at the University of Memphis, feel free to email research@memphis.edu with your questions. Below are just a few examples of how we have partnered to advance research and innovation.

FedEx Institute of Technology Partners Program

As part of the FedEx Institute of Technology's mission to build Memphis' capacity as a technology resource and destination for innovation, the Institute partners with community technology nonprofits to create opportunities. Over 11 community-organized meetups currently meet at the FedEx Institute of Technology each month, and the Institute plays host to five nonprofit hackathons: HackMemphis, EthMemphis, AthenaTechne, GiveCamp Memphis, and CodeCrew Hacakthon. This is an example of a partnership that brings University resources and the wider community together to expand the opportunities for creating innovation.

West Tennessee STEM Hub

Led by Herff College of Engineering Associate Dean of Research Dr. Stephanie Ivey, the West Tennessee STEM Hub project impacts 36 Local Educational Agency partnerships in 12 counties, including urban, suburban, and rural districts with nearly 17,000 teachers and approximately 240,000 students. The diverse geographic and demographic settings offer the ability to assess the effectiveness of different STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) teaching and learning strategies for the West Tennessee region. With a board comprised of corporate and community leaders, the West Tennessee STEM Hub is an example of a partnership that transcends organizations to affect real change in the region.

Benjamin Hooks Papers Digitization Project

The Benjamin Lawson Hooks Papers collection is housed in the Preservation & Special Collections Department of the University Libraries.This digitization project is a cooperative project of the University Libraries and the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change, University of Memphis. The Libraries' responsibility extends to archival processing, preservation, and publication through the University Libraries Digital Repository. Technical guidance and direction are provided by the University Libraries' faculty and staff while the Institute provides the necessary financial support. This project was made possible by the generous support of DuPont (Wilmington DE), Federal Express, and the Hyde Family Foundation.

For even more partnerships that bring the University of Memphis together with nonprofit organizations committed to building research and innovation capacity, contact us at research@memphis.edu.