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The University of Hawai‘i is building the state’s research industry in partnership with the community through the UH Innovation Initiative.  The University of Hawaii’s strategy  is to build a $1 billion research enterprise in partnership with community and business groups.  The university plans to drive the growth of the industry by hiring and developing top scientists in focused areas over the next decade.

According to the University of Hawai‘i Economic Research Organization (UHERO),  “In addition to the large positive expected return on investment—as high as 96.0% in the best-case scenario, other benefits include thousands of new jobs in the state, new discoveries, new support businesses and opportunities. The Win-Win outcome for UH and the State stems from the fact that the research industry amplifies investment into multiple benefits. Research activity requires support staff, equipment, and materials, which in turn boost local businesses. At the same time, new businesses are nurtured by the Hawai‘i research economy.”

In 2011, the University of Hawai’i partnered with the National Academies Board on Science, Technology and Economic Policy to convene a major conference to build Hawai’i’s innovation strategy. View presentations by keynote speakers and expert panels at that symposium.

This symposium drew together the state’s political, academic and business leadership, along with federal officials and national experts to identify key steps toward meeting the objectives of the University of  Hawai’i Innovation Council.  A summary of the symposium was published by the National Research Council in 2012.  Get the report

The University of Hawai’i Innovation Initiative builds upon the recommendations of the Innovation Council and the National Research Council.

We invite you to join us in supporting and in the critically important task of building Hawaii’s research industry.


  • The University of Hawai‘i can be the new driver to create new businesses in biofuels, geothermal, wind; continuing development of technologies of use to the military; and biomedical advances. We have the entrepreneurs, the commitment and the partners to do it. The UH is going to be in the lead and I couldn’t be happier to make my complete commitment to it.”
    Neil Abercrombie, Governor, State of Hawai‘i
  • I am pleased to support the University of Hawaii’s Innovation Initiative. Please join me in expanding Hawai‘i’s research industry for a better and brighter tomorrow for the generations to follow.”
    The late Daniel K. Inouye, United States Senator
  • There is huge economic opportunity in growing our research sector. We need to seize the day and support the University of Hawai‘i Innovation Initiative.”
    Walter A. Dods, Jr., Chairman of the Board, Matson Inc.
  • The local business community has long recognized that research and innovation need to be part of Hawai‘i’s future.”
    Gary Kai, Executive Director, Hawai‘i Business Roundtable
  • Hawai‘i needs a strong research university to fully realize the potential of our knowledge-based sectors.”
    Jeanne Unemori Skog, President and CEO, Maui Economic Development Board
  • The University of Hawai‘i Innovation Initiative is an effort we hope the community will support, because it could determine the future of the state.”
    M. R. C. Greenwood, President, University of Hawai'i