We're ready to work with you.

To increase its effectiveness in partnering with the state in the areas of workforce development, retention, and growth, UVM received $2 million in funding from the Vermont Legislature. The UVM Office of Engagement will use these resources to respond directly and comprehensively to challenges articulated by Vermont Governor Phil Scott during his 2020 State of the State address in January: an aging population; the need for additional skilled workers; and inadequate growth in the number of well-paying jobs. Our office is poised to assist you in establishing growing your enterprise. 


"UVM is uniquely positioned to help Vermont communities and businesses evolve and capitalize on current resources in new ways. Given the devastating economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the creation of this office—and the opportunity it presents—is even more timely.”

“I’m optimistic and excited about the connections and innovation this office will facilitate." 

- UVM President Suresh Garimella; Chair, UVM Engagement Advisory Council (EAC)

“Establishing the UVM Office of Engagement is a critical initiative as we work to restart the Vermont economy."

"I am confident that Vermont’s businesses will be stronger because of this new and important partnership with the University.”

- Representative Kitty Toll (D) Caledonia-Washington, Chair of the Vermont House Appropriations Committee 

Our front door is open.

UVM is a local engine for ingenuity and problem-solving. We are dedicated to leveraging university resources to help Vermont businesses reach their full potential. We can assist you with:

  • Expertise in writing and submitting grant proposals for Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) and other federal grant programs.
  • Mobilizing the intellectual capital of UVM faculty and research labs to assist Vermont communities, businesses and institutions with data-driven planning and policy options.
  • Engaging UVM alumni in all aspects of the business continuum with a goal of attracting out-of-state alumni back to Vermont.
  • Coordinating and amplifying efforts with UVM Extension and Continuing and Distance Education.
  • Upskill and cross-skill the Vermont workforce, to address existing gaps and new challenges complicated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Connecting student interns with Vermont businesses and nonprofits.
  • Offering accessible training modules / micro credentials in areas of need across the state with credit- and non-credit certificate programs, pathways for 2+2 degree programs and other programs accessible to non-traditional students in rural communities.