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

Strategic Giving

The University of Michigan is recognized as the top public research university in the country with 97 graduate programs in the top 10. The breadth and depth of talent – from students and faculty to interdisciplinary programming to comprehensive research centers – truly makes the University of Michigan the Leaders and Best.

We understand that companies have different motivations for philanthropic giving than our individual donors, and we excel and identifying strategic giving opportunities that provide a direct benefit to companies.

Corporate gifts at all levels receive public recognition. The Business Engagement Center at U-M assists companies in creating customized philanthropic programs, aligning directly with their business objectives.

Our Relationship Managers can help you find the right giving strategy for your company.

Strategic Giving

Companies can further build their brand on campus by developing a giving strategy to reach the student and faculty populations that align with their corporate priorities. There are many initiatives in these areas that our Relationship Managers can identify based on individual company interests.


Matching gift programs

Hundreds of companies offer matching gift programs at U-M.

Individuals can make any gift to U-M more substantial simply by utilizing their company’s matching gift program. Through the matching gifts program, the impact of these gifts may be doubled or possibly tripled. In some instances, companies match gifts made by retirees and/or spouses. The BEC staff is happy to arrange an on-campus check presentation for companies awarding matching gift funds. For questions regarding matching gifts, please contact 888.518.7888 during business hours or email

To find out if your company has a matching gift policy, please enter your employer’s name in the search box below.