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Finding Success in Times of Uncertain Opportunity. Stephen R. Forrest Vice President for Research University of Michigan February 23, 2010. 2009: A year of accomplishment and transformation. …strategic planning and an excellent faculty made this possible.

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Finding success in times of uncertain opportunity

Finding Success in Times of Uncertain Opportunity

Stephen R. ForrestVice President for ResearchUniversity of Michigan

February 23, 2010

2009 a year of accomplishment and transformation

2009: A year of accomplishment and transformation

…strategic planning and an excellent faculty made this possible

  • Total research expenditures topped $1 B

    • No earmarks!

  • U-M stimulus grants surpass $225 Million

  • Investment establishes North Campus Research Complex

  • Culture of innovation and entrepreneurship embraced

Um research expenditures by major sponsor group fy 1999 2009

UM Research Expenditures (by Major Sponsor Group, FY 1999-2009)

$1,016 Billion! (A loud number in a difficult year)


Not yet on the books  Stimulus expenditures: 424 projects, $225M

U m industry research growth in the great recession

U-M Industry ResearchGrowth in the Great Recession

  • Number of invention reports: 350 (all-time high)

  • Number of start ups: 8

  • Venture investment in UM startups: >$82M (1 yr)

The research enterprise at u m

The Research Enterprise at U-M

  • 3rd largest segment at U-M, and growing rapidly

    • Health System: ~ $2.2 B

    • Education: ~ $1.2 B

    • Research: ~$1.0 B

  • Growing relative to ten largest research universities

    • Current rank: 3

    • Increasing market share: +8.3% FY07 to 08

      (compared to 3.3% average)

Presidential federal budget request fy2011

Presidential Federal Budget Request, FY2011

Doe launches energy innovation hubs

DOE Launches Energy Innovation Hubs

  • Purpose:To advance highly promising areas of energy science and engineering from the early stage of research to the point where the technology can be handed off to the private sector.

  • First three hub topics:

    • Efficient Buildings

    • Fuels from Sunlight

    • Modeling & Simulation for Nuclear Reactors

Ncrc a transformational opportunity

NCRC – A transformational opportunity

  • A place to address largest, interdisciplinary problems today: e.g. human health & sustainability/energy

  • A place for teams to solve problems, working in dynamic collaborations

  • A place for partnership: the new research paradigm

    • Academia, industry, government

    • Business Engagement, Tech Transfer, Faculty start-up acceleration

    • International

With our partners, we can reinvent how research solves the largest problems facing humankind

Research paradigms evolve

Research paradigms evolve

Adapted from RWTH Aachen

Finding success in times of uncertain opportunity

Biointerfaces example - Technology space as the engine for innovationIntegration space to drive translation

Near term first 12 months

Near-term: First 12 months


100-400, HSR, GMP


Research Model


Vacant land, additional facilities

  • Prepare for University occupants: e.g. deferred maintenance, reactivate infrastructure

  • Quick wins

    • Functional co-location of research administration (100-400 Bldgs)

    • Health Services Research: strong interdisciplinary opportunity, top-notch faculty from UM, VA, private sector co-location (600+ faculty & staff)

  • Develop and execute plan for leasing GMP facility (offset cost)

Mid term next 1 3 years

Mid-term: Next 1-3 years


100-400, HSR, GMP



Vacant land, additional facilities

  • Formulate research framework to drive innovation

  • Create critical mass in wet labs at the heart of the campus

    • Biointerfaces and Imaging technology hubs selected

    • Solicit additional research programs

  • Establish clinical research footprint

  • Identify Public/Private partnerships & proactively seek opportunities

Leverage our cutting edge technologies

Leverage Our Cutting-Edge Technologies

Outreach organizations

Start-up accelerator


We cannot afford to miss this chance

We cannot afford to miss this chance!

  • Ride the wave of robust research growth

    • Recognize and drive opportunities

    • Leverage and integrate NCRC

    • Grow and improve research administration

  • Focus on the culture of entrepreneurship

    • Solidify campus-wide culture of innovation and entrepreneurship

    • Improve faculty incentives

U m s field of dreams

U-M’s ‘Field of Dreams’

John holdren visits u m

John Holdren visits U-M

  • Ninth Annual Pete M. Wege Lecture on Sustainability

  • March 22, 20105 – 7 p.m.Rackham Auditorium

President’s Science Advisor and Director, Office of Science and Technology Policy

Distinguished innovator lecture

Distinguished Innovator Lecture

Victor Strecher - 2010 Award Recipient

March 25, 2010, 4 PMBSRB Auditorium

Lecture title:“Crossing the Chasm to Prevent Disease in the Information Age”

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