Research and Discovery
The University of Michigan is widely seen as one of the leading research universities in the world. With 19 top-ranked schools and colleges and an annual research budget of $1.39 billion, U-M has one of the largest volumes of campus-based research of any university in the nation.
U-M’s research accomplishments span nearly every field of science, engineering, medicine, social sciences, and the humanities. But it’s not just the excellence across a broad spectrum that gives the U-M research community its creative spark. It’s the unique opportunity for connections across campus and beyond that has led to U-M’s exceptional record of achievement.
Working together across disciplines is a hallmark of the University. Researchers join with colleagues in other fields to advance knowledge, solve challenging problems, and create marketable products. Electrical and mechanical engineers work closely with physicians to develop novel medical devices and procedures, while chemists and physicists team up with engineers and policy experts to drive transformative research in alternative energy.
Partnering with industry further fuels discovery and innovation. U-M actively engages in a broad range of mutually beneficial research partnerships with businesses both large and small to spur progress on everything from pharmaceutical development to understanding the impact of climate change.
As part of the international research community, U-M regularly draws on ideas from scholars around the globe. Michigan researchers are also at work in countries on virtually every continent, gaining direct exposure to challenges and new perspectives. To expand opportunities, the University has also formed close ties with selected institutions worldwide, exposing faculty and students to different ideas, experiences, and perspectives.
U-M’s research enterprise not only provides remarkably fertile ground for generating new ideas and insights, it also enhances both undergraduate and graduate education. In the classroom and through direct involvement in research, students develop a spirit of inquiry and creativity that prepares them to make a difference no matter what careers they choose to pursue.