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OVPR Units and Initiatives

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

  • 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.

  • Consulting for Statistics, Computing and Analytics Research

    • CSCAR provides individualized support and training to U-M researchers in a variety of areas relating to the management, collection and analysis of data. The team at CSCAR also supports the use of technical software and advanced computing in research, supporting researchers across campus to overcome challenges that arise in their investigations.

  • 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.

  • 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.​

  • Michigan Institute for Computational Discovery and Engineering

    • The university’s primary hub for computational science — widely recognized as the third pillar of scientific inquiry, along with theory and physical experimentation. The institute brings together scientists, mathematicians and engineers from a wide range of disciplines to collaborate on the use of increasingly powerful modeling tools, spurring advancements in areas ranging from neuroscience to cosmology.

  • Michigan Institute for Data Science

    • MIDAS serves as the hub for multi-disciplinary research, education and collaboration in data science at U-M. By catalyzing innovative research, expanding educational and training opportunities, and forging partnerships across campus and beyond, the team at MIDAS plays an integral role in strengthening the university’s reputation as a leader in advancing data science for social good.

  • 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 Development

    • The Research Development team aims to increase faculty competitiveness in obtaining extramural research funding. Its activities include proposal development, administration of internal funding programs, matching faculty to funding opportunities, offering workshops for skill-building, and managing limited submissions.

  • Research Ethics & Compliance

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

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