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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”