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:


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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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


With total research expenditures of $1.4 billion across its 19 top-ranked schools and colleges, the University of Michigan is widely known for the excellence as well as the size and breadth of its research enterprise. Among the hallmarks of the U-M community is its strong focus on interdisciplinary and translational research that has spurred the development of new products, processes, services, companies, and entirely new industries.

Michigan Experts

Michigan Experts is a searchable database of research expertise across disciplines from several schools/colleges or institutes at the University of Michigan. It was developed to foster intramural and extramural collaborations, and interdisciplinary research to expand knowledge.

Research Facilities and Resources

Research facilities at U-M are among the best in the world. With more than 2.8M square feet of lab space for research and teaching, the University of Michigan is a research powerhouse, home to some of the world’s top educational and research facilities. Some of our specialized research facilities show the breadth and strength of our interdisciplinary spaces for transformative research.

A new, valuable resource is Michigan Research Cores. This searchable database offers the opportunity to explore services, equipment, locations, and more.

How to Connect with Faculty

In this video, our staff talk about ways we help companies engage with faculty, identify the right faculty member for your corporate interests, and guide both company and faculty member through contractual processes.

Relationship Managers

Our Relationship Managers can help identify research opportunities and faculty experts at U-M based on your company’s priorities. They are the first and best step for identifying partnership opportunities.