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MEIF @ USM provides financial support to faculty and professional staff to undertake strategic initiatives that: address challenges identified by businesses and industries in the MEIF target areas; support multidisciplinary groups of faculty, staff, students, and external partners that bring about innovative solutions; achieve one or more outcomes identified in the MEIF @ USM Strategic Framework; and leverage external support to sustain innovation. The MEIF target areas are:

  • Biotechnology
  • Aquaculture and marine technology
  • Composite materials technology
  • Environmental technology
  • Advanced technologies for forestry and agriculture
  • Information technology
  • Precision manufacturing technology

 On a case-by-case basis and dependent on the availability of MEIF funds, MEIF @ USM also supports:

  • Internship programs and the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP)
  • Graduate research assistantships and requests for small research equipment
  • Course release to lay the groundwork for the submission of successful proposals for extramural funding from federal, foundations, or other research sponsors
  • Requests for matching funds required in proposals for extramural funding


The MEIF-Supported Internship Programs are intentionally-designed learning experiences that integrate knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in professional settings with host site community partners. If you would like more information about MEIF-Supported Internship Programs Policies and Procedures please click here.

For Host Site Community Partners
Becoming a host site for a MEIF-supported student intern offers the host site community partner the opportunity to connect with, guide, and evaluate talent that may contribute to your business. If you would like more information about MEIF-Supported Internships please click here.

For Students
Completing a MEIF-supported internship will offer you the opportunity to learn about becoming a leader who drives the growth of Maine’s economy. If you would like more information about becoming a MEIF-Supported student intern please click here.

Additional MEIF Information

The MEIF @ USM’s procedures for selecting, developing, and reviewing proposals for strategic initiatives are identified in MEIF @ USM Procedures for Selecting Strategic Investments.

MEIF @ USM Award Policies outline applicant eligibility, the eligible and ineligible uses of MEIF Funds, and other award policies. Learn more about MEIF @ USM Award Policies here.

The MEIF @ USM Strategic Framework delineates the major activities, internal/external outcomes, data collection points, and impact goals in the areas of research and workforce development. Read the MEIF @ USM Strategic Framework here.