Corporate-sponsored research is critical to the vitality of our enterprise, providing teams across the University of Michigan with incredible resources and expertise so they can collaborate with industry partners to catalyze innovative activity. Corporate philanthropy also is an essential component that drives our mission, and our ongoing partnerships with companies worldwide help strengthen and support key university priorities.

The university has modernized its approach for corporate engagement, providing clear focus and increased service in the areas of research and philanthropy.

Effective September 1, these functions will be managed by two units:

Philanthropy

The corporate philanthropy component of the BEC will transfer to the Office of University Development (OUD). This new Office of Corporate Relations will strengthen and sustain strategic partnerships, and generate a clear focus and ideal customer experience for our corporate philanthropic partners. It will align company goals with university priorities and facilitate connections to student and alumni talent, continuing education programs and strategic giving opportunities.

Office of University Development >

Research

The corporate research component of the BEC will be served by a new Corporate Research Alliances (CRA) unit within the Office of Technology Transfer, a unit within the Office of the Vice President for Research. This move prioritizes the faculty experience for corporate engagement, with Tech Transfer serving as the primary gateway for U-M faculty seeking to increase the impact of their research by connecting with the private sector — whether this be through corporate sponsored research collaborations, licensing discussions, or connections with entrepreneurs and investors to support startup company formation. Tech Transfer also will provide concierge service for companies, investors and entrepreneurs seeking opportunities to collaborate with U-M researchers.

Corporate Research Alliances >

OUR STORIES AND NEWS

 

 

 

Our monthly publication, MBusinessLink, features corporate engagement news, events and industry-relevant features. 

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How partnerships with industry helped make Mcity a mobility mecca

How partnerships with industry helped make Mcity a mobility mecca

A Volkswagen Beetle named Herbie debuted in Disney’s 1968 movie, “The Love Bug,” and became one of the first and most popular self-driving cars. Almost 15 years later, a Pontiac Trans-Am named KITT made its entrance as a high-tech action hero that could...

Arts support in a pandemic

Arts support in a pandemic

2020 was a tough year for the arts. And with no live performances or public gatherings, the University Musical Society (UMS) had to completely rethink how to keep the arts present in the lives of Michigan audiences. UMS has been presenting artistic performances on the...

Advancing medical care with XR technology

Advancing medical care with XR technology

Technology from Microsoft helps Michigan Medicine adapt to medical education and care    U-M’s ongoing partnership with Microsoft is having long term implications for the advancement of technology in healthcare, thanks to equipment that helps U-M deliver virtual...

U-Michigan, Ford open world-class robotics complex

U-Michigan, Ford open world-class robotics complex

The facility will accelerate the future of advanced and more equitable robotics and mobility   ANN ARBOR—As robots and autonomous systems are poised to become part of our everyday lives, the University of Michigan and Ford Motor Company are opening a...

A consortium with Facebook seeks ‘Internet for All’ technology

A consortium with Facebook seeks ‘Internet for All’ technology

If you’ve traveled abroad in remote locations – or driven across the Upper Peninsula – you know that internet connections in rural environments can be unstable or nonexistent.    Facebook and the University of Michigan aim to fix that. In a collaboration with...

A New Student Team Takes Off

A New Student Team Takes Off

Michigan Engineers build what they need, and what Parker Trombley and his team needed was a competition.   Trombley, a senior in the College of Engineering, is a founder and member of Michigan Vertical Flight Technology (MVFT), a multidisciplinary student design...

UMCU Gift to Michigan Medicine Supports COVID-19 Needs

UMCU Gift to Michigan Medicine Supports COVID-19 Needs

On her first day working from home and settling into an uncertain and troubling few months, Nell Dority, Senior Director of Corporate Relations for the Business Engagement Center, was asked to find financial support for the University of Michigan’s and Michigan...

Summer Sabbaticals Lead to New Collaborations

Summer Sabbaticals Lead to New Collaborations

Building on meaningful research collaborations over the past few years, Ford Motor Company and the University of Michigan are continuing the successful Ford-University Summer Sabbatical Program in 2020. Designed to help junior faculty establish stronger industry...

Making it safer to bike alongside autonomous cars

Making it safer to bike alongside autonomous cars

Biking in Michigan presents fundamental challenges, given underserved roads and seemingly endless winter seasons. While spring brings more cyclists out in droves to enjoy the return of warmer weather, both drivers and cyclists spent the entire year dodging potholes....

Orbiting Ann Arbor: the BEC helps an alum connect and give back

Orbiting Ann Arbor: the BEC helps an alum connect and give back

EDIT: In October 2020, R2 Space renamed the company Orbital Effects. Reuben Sorensen is excited to be here. The timing could be better, since COVID-19 has his team working from home, but he’s still bounding through 2020 at the speed of light, a fitting thing for a...

CS student research and industry connections hit home – from home.

CS student research and industry connections hit home – from home.

The group picture looked different at this year’s Explore Computer Science Research poster presentation and industry panel. Rada Mihalcea, the Janice M. Jenkins Collegiate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering and co-leader of U-M’s Girls Encoded program which...

The Opportunity is all yours

The Opportunity is all yours

LSA’s Opportunity Hub offers companies a creative approach to student engagement and recruiting   The Opportunity Hub at U-M’s College of Literature, Science and the Arts has been a fascinating young program to watch develop. What began as student internship...

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Funding Opportunities in Research: Genentech Fellows at UROP

Funding Opportunities in Research: Genentech Fellows at UROP

  Undergraduate students have a unique opportunity to pursue research through the University of Michigan’s Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP). Over the past 30 years, UROP has served as a national model of access, diversity, and equity in...

Dow Sustainability Fellows Program extended at U-M through 2023

Dow Sustainability Fellows Program extended at U-M through 2023

Jan. 25, 2021 Contact: Nicole Casal Moore, ncmoore@umich.edu ANN ARBOR—A $3 million gift from the Dow Company Foundation will continue the Dow Sustainability Fellows Program at the University of Michigan.   The gift supplements the company's $13 million in...

Safety and member connections are priority for UM Autonomy

Safety and member connections are priority for UM Autonomy

The competitive student teams at the College of Engineering’s Wilson Student Team Center are doing what the rest of us are doing: adapting to the challenges brought about by the pandemic. For these students who design, build and compete every year in addition to their...

A Ripple Award Winner Who’s Making Waves

A Ripple Award Winner Who’s Making Waves

By Dimitra James Nisreen Bahrainwala is not your average undergraduate student. As a freshman at the University of Michigan, she co-established the Midwest Blockchain Consortium and co-founded Vivica, a blockchain company focused on solving the opioid crisis in...

Great Lakes Discovery RFP open for therapeutic research proposals

Great Lakes Discovery RFP open for therapeutic research proposals

Earlier this year, U-M and Deerfield Management announced the creation of Great Lakes Discovery, a new alliance to commercialize U-M therapeutic projects that hold promise in developing potentially life-saving drugs and disease treatments.  Through Great Lakes...

Did you know Stella Wixom plays golf?

Did you know Stella Wixom plays golf?

As we all work remotely and engage with faculty, corporate partners and our colleagues in new ways, we still need connections with each other. We need community in times when we can’t be together. All the more reason to continue the BEC Staff Profile series, and what...

U-M Student Awarded Ford Alan Mulally Scholarship

University of Michigan student Alex Thayer is one of ten national recipients of the annual Alan Mullaly Scholarship. Named after former the Ford Motor Company CEO, the scholarship is funded by the Ford Motor Company and the Ford Motor Company Fund in his honor. Thayer...

Amazon makes corporate gift to U-M philanthropic venture fund

Amazon makes corporate gift to U-M philanthropic venture fund

June 23, 2020 Contact: Jeff Karoub jkaroub@umich.edu Amazon is contributing $200,000 to the Accelerate Blue Fund, a University of Michigan philanthropic venture fund—representing the first corporate gift received by the fund that aims to help develop and commercialize...

U-M industry partners are helping lead the way through crisis

U-M industry partners are helping lead the way through crisis

By Stella Wixom, Senior Executive Director Our team at the University of Michigan Business Engagement Center was founded over 12 years ago to create a centralized place for companies to access the university. We work tirelessly to match priorities of individual...

Op/Ed: Company Commitments in the Age of COVID

Op/Ed: Company Commitments in the Age of COVID

By Sheila Waterhouse, BEC Communications Director I have a spreadsheet that makes me happy. I scroll through cells and columns and it warms my heart. It is a list of hope for me. We all need that these days, and oddly one of the places I find it is in this...

Faculty Profile: Emily Mower Provost

Faculty Profile: Emily Mower Provost

Mower Provost talks about getting awards, doing industry research, understanding human behavior - and Star Wars. Emily Mower Provost recently received the 2020 Toyota Faculty Scholar Award and is one of the most fascinating faculty members we know. Her research uses...

Rebecca Cunningham appointed vice president for research

Rebecca Cunningham appointed vice president for research

Rebecca Cunningham, an emergency medicine physician whose research addresses critical issues ranging from firearm violence to opioid abuse, has been appointed vice president for research. Rebecca Cunningham Cunningham, who has served in an interim capacity since June...

Zero Emissions Bus Ride

Zero Emissions Bus Ride

It’s not common to see a double bus in Ann Arbor, certainly not one that is a battery-powered one. A group of students, faculty and staff got a chance for a very cool bus ride around campus to check out the technology and learn about potential applications at the...

U-M Students Engaged in DTE Energy Contest

U-M Students Engaged in DTE Energy Contest

By Ann Zaniewski The University Record and Lou Blouin UM-Dearborn University of Michigan senior Morgan Provax has been researching energy policies at different universities. Soon, she’ll visit and evaluate three Ann Arbor campus buildings — George G. Brown...

Meet Umesh: He’d rather listen than talk

Meet Umesh: He’d rather listen than talk

The British born, biscuit loving Umesh has a predilection for the BEC’s mission and the people he works with. Umesh has been a critical member of the Business Engagement Center almost since our inception. He initially served in corporate and foundation relations at...