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Research Development

At the University of Michigan, a range of programs and activities support faculty in obtaining extramural research funding and in building relationships to advance research excellence.

AerialResearch development "encompasses a set of strategic, proactive, catalytic and capacity-building activities designed to facilitate individual faculty members, teams of researchers and central research administrations in attracting extramural research funding, creating relationships, and developing and implementing strategies that increase institutional competitiveness," according to the National Organization of Research Development Professionals.

Research development activities are complementary to those referred to as research administration, which typically focus on grant submission and financial management of sponsored research, and are coordinated by professional staff within units and the Office of Research and Sponsored Projects. Research development also is complementary, but distinct, from broader development and fundraising activities within academic units and the Office of University Development. Examples of research development activities include:

  • Connecting faculty to funding opportunities and to sponsors

  • Providing grant writing and editing services

  • Facilitating collaboration among faculty and across disciplines

  • Coordinating large-scale proposals

  • Managing internal funding opportunities

  • Establishing industry partnerships

  • Fostering innovation and developing workshops, resources, programs and tools that increase faculty competitiveness

Research development activities are coordinated by offices and staff, both centrally and within academic units, many of which are listed below. For schools or colleges without assigned contacts below, please contact the relevant Associate Dean for Research here or the U-M Office of Research.

For staff wishing to stay apprised of research development activities, connect with other U-M research development professionals or for general questions, please contact

Since 2016, the university has organized an annual Research Development Conference for faculty and staff at U-M and other neighboring institutions. Access the 2018 conference agenda here. On October 21, 2019, the annual conference also will serve as the National Organization of Research Development Professionals' Great Lakes Regional Conference. Information about registration soon will be available.

Central Unit Contacts

Academic Units