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Units & Initiatives

The Office of Research supports and coordinates efforts to highlight the excellence and impact of U-M research among key audiences worldwide.

  • Advanced Research Computing

  • Animal Care & Use Program

    • A program that fosters a culture of excellence, compassion and adherence to the highest standards of animal welfare in the conduct of research, testing and teaching at U-M.
       
  • Business Engagement Center

    • A pathway connecting dynamic organizations with remarkable talent and resources, the BEC inspires successful collaboration and acts as a catalyst to create meaningful, invaluable partnerships by connecting the world’s brightest minds with the world’s greatest companies.
       
  • Center for Human Growth and Development

    • An interdisciplinary research center that advances research on children’s health and development by fostering collaborations among biomedical, behavioral and social scientists.
       
  • Economic Growth Institute

    • An institute that focuses on the impact of economic trends on the wellbeing of individuals, families and communities; wide-ranging economic program interventions for communities in distress to stimulate economic development; and evaluation of the effectiveness of interventions.

    Energy Institute

    • An institute that builds on the university's strong energy research heritage at the heart of the nation’s automotive and manufacturing industries to develop and integrate science, technology and policy solutions to pressing energy challenges.
    • Developed in cooperation with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and Ford Motor Company, the Battery Fabrication and Characterization User Facility enables industry and university researcher collaboration on developing cheaper and longer lasting energy-storage devices.
       

  • Exercise and Sport Science Initiative

    • A research program that draws on experts from a wide range of faculty and students across campus, Michigan Athletics and industry partners to optimize physical performance and health for athletes and exercisers of all ages and abilities.
       
  • Federal Relations

    • A branch of the U-M Washington, D.C. office, staff continually monitor federal legislation involving higher education and research, and work with federal officials and government agencies to provide research findings that may assist their work.
       
  • Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging

    • An interdisciplinary unit that supports research on the structures and functions of the brain that underlie cognitive and affective processes, as well as research on functional MRI and associated research tools.
       
  • Mcubed

    • A unique program that distributes real-time seed funding to multi-unit teams of faculty engaged in innovative research and scholarship, enabling them to address major social problems too complex for a single disciplinary approach.
       
  • Mcity

    • A public-private research and development partnership that will lead a revolution in mobility by developing the foundations for a commercially viable ecosystem of connected and automated vehicles.
       
  • Institute for Research on Women and Gender

    • An institute that stimulates, coordinates and supports research and other creative activities by U-M faculty members and graduate students who use the lens of women, gender and sexuality to further their work.
       
  • Office of Research and Sponsored Projects

    • ORSP enables and safeguards the conduct of research and other sponsored activity for U-M by applying specialized regulatory, statutory and organizational knowledge in a timely and professional manner in order to balance the university's mission, the sponsor's objectives and the investigator's intellectual pursuits.
       
  • Office of Technology Transfer

    • An organization that enhances research discoveries to encourage licensing and broad deployment with existing businesses and newly formed U-M startups. U-M Tech Transfer has earned a reputation for performance among the top 10 of all universities.
       
  • Research Communications

    • Supports and coordinates efforts to highlight the excellence and impact of U-M research among key audiences worldwide.
       
  • Research Ethics & Compliance

    • Eight major compliance programs with their associated administrative offices and regulatory committees (e.g., IRB-HSBSOHRCR) that are empowered with oversight responsibility of U-M research ranging from laboratory safety to human subjects protection and more.
       
  • Transportation Research Institute

    • An institute committed to research that leads to safer vehicles, safer occupants and safer roads, while reducing the negative societal impacts associated with transportation.