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Baker-Polito Administration Awards $4.4 Million R&D Grant for New Boston University Robotics Facility

BOSTON – On Wednesday, the Baker-Polito Administration announced a $4,394,848 grant to Boston University for a new research and development center called the Robotics and Autonomous Systems Teaching and Innovation Center (RASTIC).  The project will drive the development of new innovations with private sector partners in Massachusetts and increase student research opportunities in the robotics space.  RASTIC will emphasize real-world prototyping projects to integrate new materials, functionality, and artificial intelligence into robotic devices, delivering tools that will allow students to design and launch their own R&D projects.

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Baker-Polito Administration Awards $1 Million for New UMass Boston Quantum Computing R&D Facility

BOSTON- On Tuesday, Housing and Economic Development Secretary Mike Kennealy visited UMass Boston to announce a $999,000 grant from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts that will fund new quantum computing infrastructure. The grant is from the Collaborative Research and Development Matching Grant program, an effort managed by the Innovation Institute at the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (MassTech), and will support a three-year, $1,999,774 project managed by UMass Boston in partnership from Western New England University in Springfield.
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Baker-Polito Administration Awards Harvard and Boston University $3M for Assistive Robotics and Wearable Technology Research

WESTBOROUGH, MASS. – Today, the Baker-Polito Administration announced a new grant award of $3,057,320 to Harvard University and Boston University to support the development of next-generation robotics and wearable technologies. Researchers aim to improve the lives of people with neuro-motor impairments and to help individuals achieve ambitious fitness goals, driving innovation in a new category of rehabilitation, diagnostic, and assistive devices that are more lightweight, affordable, and connected.

 

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New Grant Delivers AI Expertise to Mass. Companies

WESTBOROUGH, MASS. – The Innovation Institute at the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (MassTech) has partnered with Northeastern on a program that will bring artificial intelligence (AI) to boost Massachusetts businesses.  The award of $200,000 to Northeastern University will support AI Jumpstart, a pilot program launched in April 2021 that will assist 18 Massachusetts companies with projects that will deploy AI to enhance their businesses.

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Baker-Polito Administration Awards $1 Million to WPI for New Semiconductor Security Research Center

WORCESTER, MASS. – Today, the Baker-Polito Administration announced a new $999,963 grant from the Collaborative Research and Development Matching Grant program to support a new research center at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) focused on the security of semiconductors and hardware critical to key innovation industries.

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Baker-Polito Administration Awards $700K for New UMass Dartmouth Biodegradable Plastics Lab

DARTMOUTH, MASS. – Yesterday, Lt. Governor Karyn Polito and executives from UMass Dartmouth celebrated the announcement of a new $739,936 award from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to support the development of a new research and development laboratory in New Bedford to study biodegradable and ocean-safe plastics. The new Plastics Biodegradation Laboratory at UMass Dartmouth will enable efficient testing of plastic biodegradation, helping address the significant waste caused by traditional plastics used in textiles, packaging, and other products that accumulate in the ocean and other water resources.

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Baker-Polito Administration’s New Grants Boost Innovation in the Commonwealth’s ‘Blue Economy’

BOSTON – The Baker-Polito Administration today announced the winners of the BlueTech Tech and Innovation Grant program, a program managed by the Innovation Institute at the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (MassTech) that was launched with the support of the Commonwealth’s Seaport Economic Council, which partnered with MassTech on the new grant program. The two new grants, totaling $337,714, were awarded to the Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen’s Alliance and Tufts University, and will advance innovation and drive economic growth in the Massachusetts “Blue Economy.”

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Baker-Polito Administration Awards $700,000 to Grow Tech and Innovation Companies

Lt. Governor Karyn Polito joined executives from the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative to announce $700,722 in grants from the ‘Pathways to Scale’ program, an effort from the Commonwealth to boost tech and innovation companies emerging from the startup phase and poised for growth.

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Leaders Across Massachusetts Launch Mass Fintech Hub to Spur Entrepreneurial and Economic Growth

June 4, 2021 -- Building on more than a year of unprecedented collaboration among Massachusetts’ financial experts, Fintech leaders, investors, government executives, elected officials, and members of the academic community, the Massachusetts Fintech Working Group, a network of 27 leaders representing key sectors, today launched the Mass Fintech Hub, a public-private partnership dedicated to making the Commonwealth a global leader in Fintech. 

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In the News: MassDigi Goes to WPI & New State Award for Digital Games Intern Training Program

On Monday, April 26, 2021, Lt. Governor Karyn Polito joined leaders from the Mass. Digital Games Institute (MassDigi) for their 10th anniversary celebration at their current home, Becker College in Worcester. The event highlighted the impact MassDigi has had on the digital games sector in Massachusetts, as a hub for training students and as a launch pad for new game startups. The event also featured two announcements, including the move of MassDigi to Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), a move necessitated by Becker’s closure later this year. Lt. Governor Polito also announced a new two-year award from MassTech to MassDigi which will fund a new digital games training program. 

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