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Collaborate and Partner

From identifying potential collaborators to sharing materials electronically with colleagues, the University of Michigan offers a number of resources to help students, faculty and staff fully embrace a multidisciplinary research approach.

Campus Collaborators

  • Michigan Research Experts

    • Michigan Research Experts is a searchable database of research expertise across U-M, developed by the Medical School Office of Research as a tool for the research community to foster collaboration on campus and beyond.

  • Mcubed

    • Mcubed stimulates innovative research and scholarship by distributing real-time seed funding to multi-unit, faculty-led teams. Through this revolutionary research funding program, faculty from at least two different campus units can form a collaborative trio, or "cube," and request either $60,000 or $15,000 to advance their idea right away.

    Industry Partnerships

    • Business Engagement Center

      • The Business Engagement Center connects U-M faculty and students to industry partners for innovative collaborations. Its team of relationship managers provide support for both internal and external partners to streamline the negotiation process, identify additional partnership opportunities and ensure a successful collaboration.

      Fast Forward Medical Innovation

      • Fast Forward Medical Innovation offers resources and support to world-class biomedical researchers at U-M, and across the state. Its groundbreaking funding programs, dynamic educational offerings and deep industry connections help biomedical researchers navigate the road to successful innovation and commercialization, with the ultimate goal of positively impacting human health.

    • Technology Transfer

      • Tech Transfer is responsible for the commercialization of U-M research discoveries. The team enhances U-M research discoveries to encourage licensing and broad deployment with existing businesses and newly formed U-M startups.

    ​Multidisciplinary Initiatives

    • Biosciences Initiative

      • The university's research and education in the biosciences — the study of life from molecules to populations — includes a broad range of strong academic disciplines. The Biosciences Initiative strategically aligns U-M work to advance not only our understanding of human health and disease, but of many of the life sciences' most important puzzles.

    • Poverty Solutions

      • Poverty Solutions combines the assets of the university toward the prevention and alleviation of poverty. This work can affect the lives of millions of Americans through partnerships with community groups and policymakers to test the most promising solutions possible.

    • Precision Health Initiative

      • U-M is leading the way to more effective and comprehensive approaches to health care — from discovery to treatment to prevention and implementation. Its Precision Health initiative actively bridges these areas by promoting multidisciplinary collaboration among faculty across the university, and providing the tools and resources they need to expand their work.

    • Humanities Collaboratory

      • ​The Michigan Humanities Collaboratory provides resources for U-M humanities scholars to experiment with collaborative, team-based approaches to humanities research, its communication to the broader public, and the training of the next generation of humanities scholars.

    • Urban Collaboratory

      • The U-M Urban Collaboratory draws together faculty experts from across campus in smart city technologies and urban design to collaborate directly with city stakeholders to address targeted challenges that impact the livability of communities.

    • Exercise and Sport Science Initiative

      • The Exercise and Sport Science Initiative draws on expertise from a wide range of faculty across campus, Michigan Athletics and industry partners to optimize physical performance and health for people of all ages and abilities.

    • Data Science Initiative

    • Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation

      • The U-M Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation is the nation's leading university-based institute of health services researchers evaluating how health care works and how it can be improved, and advising policymakers to inform change. Its researchers collaborate across dozens of focused teams to improve the quality, safety, equity and affordability of health care services.

    • Mcity

      • At Mcity, U-M brings together partners from industry, government and academia to develop the foundation for an ecosystem of connected and automated vehicles for moving people and goods. Such a system has the potential to dramatically improve safety, sustainability and accessibility.

    • BioSocial Methods Collaborative

      • ​The U-M BioSocial Methods Collaborative focuses on the collection and analysis of multi-modal biological and behavioral data that span multiple time scales. Its work facilitates the translation and exchange of new discoveries among health professionals and the general public.

    Collaboration Tools and Technologies

    • Videoconferencing

      • U-M provides and supports a variety of conferencing solutions (BlueJeans, Google Hangouts, etc.) to help you collaborate with colleagues, whether they are located across campus or across the world.

    • Box at U-M

      • U-M Box is the university's implementation of the cloud storage and collaboration service. Upload, download, share and edit files via the web and mobile devices.

    • Google Drive

      • Google Drive provides users with up to 15 GB of free Google online storage, so you can keep photos, stories, designs, drawings, recordings and videos.

      International Partnerships

      • International Research Partners

        • Collaboration is key in order to address the global challenges facing our society. U-M understands that and thus partners with a number of international institutions to address critical issues through research. In particular, the university has established strong ties with universities overseas to help address critical global challenges through cross-cultural collaboration.

      • International Research & Scholarship Guidance

        • Best practices and resources to appropriately disclose international research and scholarship activity in funding proposals, publications, invention reports, and more.
      • International Travel and Export Controls

        • International travel by University employees or students may be subject to export control regulations depending on the travel destination and the hardware, software, and/or technical data that is taken.

      • Global Michigan

        • Global Michigan is campus-wide portal for the university's international engagement. Its website features faculty initiatives, education abroad opportunities for students and a collection of travel policies and resources designed to support global activities for all U-M community members.

      • Global REACH

        • Global REACH was created to help facilitate and promote the U-M Medical School's international initiatives in research, education and collaborations in health.

      • Travel Registry

        • U-M provides a secure system for faculty, staff, students and sponsored affiliates to record travel plans and contact information. The registry is a convenient, one- stop service that supports emergency communications and access to university-approved travel abroad health insurance.


      If you have any further questions, please visit the U-M Office of Research contact webpage for more information and answers to common research-related questions.