The Utah Science Technology and Research initiative is an innovative and far-reaching initiative of the Utah State legislature to bolster Utah’s high-tech economy by investing in university research programs and recruiting new, high caliber faculty.

USTAR has been developed by Utah’s business leaders in collaboration with the Governor’s Office, economic development leaders, key legislators, and university leaders. 

USTAR is designed to increase the flow and commercialization of university discoveries, inventions, and innovations. By investing in university research with high commercialization potential, Utah will accelerate the growth of new businesses and industries, thus creating high-paying jobs, and providing additional tax revenues. 

At Utah State University, investments have been made in three cluster areas. Those areas include:

  • BioInnovations
  • Earth and Space Innovations
  • Energy Innovations  


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