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.

Office of University Development >


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 >

Resources for Faculty & Staff

Faculty collaboration with industry is increasingly prevalent across campus. Industry partners seek research breakthroughs and hope for many of the same transformational advances that we hope for at the University of Michigan.

How to attract and secure corporate funding varies significantly, depending on the type of research, the faculty relationships, and the industry itself. Complex issues can arise with negotiations for contracts, intellectual property, master research agreements, and publications.

The portal below contains an aggregated list of resources – from white papers to videos to sample partnership models. This portal is designed to help faculty and staff find an overview of corporate partnerships, identify next steps in their proposed partnership, and determine contacts for moving forward.

The most comprehensive resource for faculty and staff at U-M is our team of  BEC Relationship Managers who are adept at helping connect faculty to industry for a variety of research partnerships.

Interested in learning more?

Please call 734.647.1000, email or use our contact form below.