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The University of Michigan (U-M) in Ann Arbor, Michigan, is one of the great public research universities of the United States and a leader in higher education.

Since 1817, the University has provided a national model of a complex, diverse, and comprehensive public institution of higher learning that supports excellence in research, provides outstanding undergraduate, graduate, and professional education, and demonstrates a commitment to service through partnerships and collaborations that extend to the community, region, state, nation, and around the world.

[The University's mission directs the institution to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving, and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.

The University serves its student body of more than 40,000, retains an eminent faculty of 8,000, and its libraries hold more than 12 million volumes. Michigan's excellence in higher education rests on the outstanding quality of its schools and colleges, twelve of which have undergraduate students, as well as on national recognition of individual departments and programs and on the many major scholarly and creative contributions of its faculty.

Michigan is a national leader in securing private sector support from its friends and alumni; it has more than 500,000 living alumni around the world.  

U-M Office of Research

With $1.58 billion in annual research expenditures, U-M is one of the world's leading research universities. The U-M Office of Research supports this enterprise by cultivating interdisciplinary research and providing a range of services across all three campuses. 

With 19 schools and colleges and more than 200 centers and institutes across campus, U-M conducts research in virtually every major area of science, engineering, medicine, social sciences, management, education, and the humanities. 

U-M is ranked #1 in research volume among U.S. public universities, according to the National Science Foundation, and offers 2.8M square feet of lab space for research and teaching. In the fiscal year 2021, U-M researchers reported 502 new inventions, marking the third straight year of more than 500 inventions from university faculty. U-M has 97 graduate programs ranked in the Top 10 by U.S. News & World Report.

Working together across disciplines is a hallmark of the U-M research environment as researchers join with colleagues in other fields to advance knowledge, solve challenging problems, and create marketable products.

U-M’s North Campus Research Complex, acquired from Pfizer in 2009, has become a vibrant center for the expansion of interdisciplinary translational research in such areas as mobility, cancer, health policy, bioinformatics, and the intersection of engineering and medicine. The complex now houses more than 2,700 faculty and staff, nine shared research facilities, and eight research Groups.

The university further strengthens its research enterprise through relationships with industry. The Business Engagement Center has ongoing relationships with more than 1,200 companies in Michigan and beyond, helping the industry find opportunities to invest in U-M research.

The U-M Office of Research is committed to organizational diversity and an inclusive, equitable environment as a means to attract the best talent and carry out its mission. (Source: )

Office of Research and Sponsored Projects (ORSP)
The Office of Research and Sponsored Projects enables and safeguards the conduct of research and other sponsored activity for U-M. We apply 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. We strive to deliver seamless support making ORSP and the University of Michigan the preferred partner for world-changing research. 

In FY2021, ORSP: 

  • Reviewed and submitted 8,019 proposals 
  • Processed 2,698 awards
  • Executed 1,938 Unfunded Agreements (e.g., nondisclosure, data use, etc.)


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