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Working with a Private Team Sponsor (Non-Profit, Foundation, or Industry)

Negotiations regarding the technical statement of work and associated budget should be carried out by the faculty member in coordination with the originating unit, subject to general policies and procedures of the University. However, the agreement formats offered by sponsors may contain provisions that are inconsistent with the policies of the University or those of the State of Michigan. Therefore, it is essential that each agreement be reviewed by ORSP prior to acceptance or initiation of work thereunder.

Business Engagement Center

In addition to contacts made directly by University faculty and units, the Business Engagement Center serves as the U-M "front door" for industry and corporate engagement. BEC has the goal of broadly expanding industrial relationships with the University. Through the BEC, U-M can coordinate efforts and strive to keep industry informed of University research and many other university activities that may be of interest.

Foundation Relations

ORSP is responsible for processing sponsored research agreements with private foundations, public charities, and other nonprofit organizations. With some sponsors, Foundation Relations serves as the U-M "front door" for non-profit engagement.

The University of Michigan's relationship with certain foundations is managed at a strategic level. This may be because the foundations:

  • have asked U-M to submit only one proposal a year or a cycle;
  • are run by family members that are engaged with University of Michigan through Foundation Relations; or
  • there is a requirement that the university president must sign a cover letter or an endorse the proposal.

If you are planning to seek support from any of the managed foundations, contact the University of Michigan Foundation Relations office (requires a U-M login).

Contact Maureen Martin, Executive Director of Foundation Relations, at 647-6074 or martinms@umich.edu.

Gifts and Grants

Click here to see What is a Sponsored Project?

 

Questions?

First contact your department's primary research administrator, and then contact a U-M office that can facilitate, such as: