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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)

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

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

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”