The Business Engagement Center is industry’s front door to the University of Michigan.  

We design, build, and catalyze partnerships between companies and university faculty and students, to advance our shared research and education goals.

NEW REPORTS AVAILABLE:    2017 BEC Annual Report         2017 U-M Research Annual Report        2017 U-M Annual Report

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One gift, a dozen students, and lot of thanks

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Lunch at the annual program review of the research projects between U-M and Toyota Research Institute (TRI) is often a networking affair. That was the case this year, but this lunch offered a more meaningful opportunity for many who attended. U-M students in two programs that received $1 million in funding from TRI had the occasion to network with the company’s leadership and staff. This was a chance to talk about industry trends, research ideas, job opportunities, and career paths. This was a chance to showcase amazing talent, and a chance to say thank you. TRI’s commitment (more information on…

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BEC reports record corporate research expenditures in FY 2017

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Corporate expenditures on existing University of Michigan research rose to $100.8 million in the past fiscal year. The U-M Business Engagement Center reported that total corporate investment in U-M — research expenditures coupled with philanthropic contributions — rose to $142.8 million.  The first-time BEC Annual Report comes as the center celebrates its 10th year serving as the university’s front door for industry wanting to connect with the U-M community. The BEC connects companies with research, recruiting, faculty and philanthropic opportunities across campus. Since the BEC’s inception, corporate philanthropy to U-M has increased 53 percent and corporate research expenditures have nearly tripled. “After…

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3M Supports Pipeline Programs for Diverse Students in Engineering

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3M has been an active supporter of U-M student and faculty pursuits for decades. Their student support for teams including the Solar Car team and Tauber Institute offers generous learning experiences for U-M students – many of whom ultimately go on to work and/or do internships at the Minnesota-based conglomerate. 3M has also worked closely with U-M on many student projects, which provide solutions to technical and business challenges while giving an insight into potential new recruits. With this gift, 3M deepens its support of STEM-focused students by providing funding that touches students at three distinct levels during their academic…

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An Unprecedented Partnership

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Ford’s first gift in 1913 (an engine), was just the beginning of a transformational partnership that has had a significant impact on the global economy and engaged more than 50 units across all three U-M campuses. Since that first gift, Ford’s commitment to U-M’s students, collaborative research, and our community has grown exponentially. In 1955, Ford’s $1 million contribution to the Phoenix Memorial Project established the Ford Nuclear Reactor at U-M, advancing the peaceful application of atomic energy in our world. Two years later, $6.5 million and more than 200 acres of land from the Ford Estate gave rise to…

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