University Initiatives

Planet Blue

The University of Michigan helps solve sustainability challenges on local-to-global scales by creating, teaching and practicing innovative approaches to improve the health of the planet, inspire future generations and advance the international conversation. At U-M, we define sustainability as an emerging field of problem-driven, interdisciplinary scholarship and practice that seeks to protect the environment and enhance quality of life for present and future generations. It draws from multiple disciplines of the natural, social, medical and engineering sciences, from the professions and humanities, and from practical field experience in business, government, and civil society.


Energy Institute

The demand for economically and environmentally sound energy solutions is urgent and global. The University of Michigan Energy Institute (UMEI) builds on a 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 the world’s pressing energy challenges.




Mobility Transformation Center

The Michigan Mobility Transformation Center (MTC) is a government-industry partnership formed at U-M to transform global mobility by dramatically improving transportation safety, sustainability, and accessibility.





Entrepreneurship + Innovation

U-M has an ‘ecosystem’ for innovation that brings together the resources and relationships across campus and beyond to inspire the development and commercialization of ideas.





North Campus Research Complex

By bringing together researchers and partners from different disciplines and industries, the NCRC will foster a collaborative environment that encourages discovery, innovation and creativity and helps catalyze the transformation of the regional economy.






MCubed is a two-year seed-funding program designed to empower interdisciplinary teams of University of Michigan faculty to pursue new initiatives with major societal impact. The program minimizes the time between idea conception and successful research results by providing immediate startup funds for novel, high-risk and transformative research projects.