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.

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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.

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Resources for Companies

Corporate Education

The need for a highly skilled, knowledge-driven workforce is more important than ever.

To stay competitive, there are a variety of programs at the University of Michigan that offer corporate education for our industry partners. Your company can create learning opportunities tailored to your needs or enroll executives and employees in continuing education programs that are designed to keep professionals at the forefront of their fields through post-graduate coursework and mentoring. These programs are taught by experts in their field, providing executives with an applicable education that they can take and deploy in their organization.

From podcasts to graduate courses, there are a variety of programs across U-M to enhance professional development for everyone.

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Leadership and Custom and Solutions from Michigan Ross Executive Education

No matter your business challenge or strategic priority, Michigan Ross can be your partner in success. We collaborate with organizations around the world to design custom solutions. We also offer open programs that will help take your leaders to the next level with actionable takeaways from our expert faculty and hands-on, action-based approach – now available virtually. Learn more or start a conversation today.

Online Portal

The Michigan Online portal provides a one-stop site to find online courses and learning opportunities based on subjects. Offerings include U-M faculty led online courses through Coursera, short learning opportunities through Teach Outs, and course series that build to often result in a certificate or degree.

Through Michigan Online, alumni, students, staff, and faculty can earn University of Michigan individual course and series certificates offered by Michigan Online at no cost.

Alumni Education Gateway

The Alumni Association of the University of Michigan connects you to the educational resources of U-M through the Alumni Education Gateway. It offers searchable content on any topic in a variety of formats, regardless of your affiliation with U-M. Most content like podcasts, videos, and articles are free and open to the public. Select online courses and certificates are free for Michigan alumni.

Browse by subject, course, event, or partner affiliation to find areas to advance your own skillset and learn from the Leaders and Best at the University of Michigan.