Note: Appointment guidelines for the Research Professor track are on the Provost’s Office website.

These guidelines set forth the procedures for obtaining approval to offer current University of Michigan faculty an additional RS appointment in another department or academic unit at the same, or equivalent, rank. Approval is required for additional faculty appointments with the following titles:

Appointments in School/Colleges, ISR, LSI, UM Dearborn & Flint:

  • Associate Research Scientist
  • Research Scientist

Appointments in units reporting to UMOR:

  • Research Investigator
  • Assistant Research Scientist
  • Associate Research Scientist
  • Research Scientist


  1. The school/college/research unit/academic unit approves the additional appointment.
  2. Submit the following information to the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR):
    • Endorsement letter co-signed by the Dean/Director of the unit in which the faculty member holds a current appointment and the Dean/Director of the unit that wishes to make the new appointment.
    • A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is highly recommended for all joint appointments for research faculty. A template MOU is available at (Note the MOU is required for all joint appointments with units reporting to OVPR.)
    • Candidate’s updated curriculum vitae.
    • Description of the new appointment in the context of the field and the specific needs of the academic department/program/unit
    • Statement of Understanding Regarding Responsibility for Bridging Support (use form RS-2).
  3. Once approved by the Vice President for Research the appointing or requesting unit(s) We will be notified.