Companies from a broad spectrum of industries, ranging from startups to multinational corporations, have built relationships with us. As an industry partner, you can tap into the wealth of expertise and resources available on our campus.
The Business Engagement Center (BEC) is a one-stop gateway to the rich variety of research, technology, education, facilities, and talent resources at U-M. The Center maintains affiliated offices in the College of Engineering and the Medical School, and at the Dearborn and Flint campuses. It currently has relationships with more than 1,000 companies, and is contacted by nearly 200 new companies each year.
The BEC-facilitated relationships can range from individual research projects to broader engagements, depending on your business needs. For example, aerospace giant Boeing maintains a long-standing partnership with U-M focused on building a pipeline for the future. Boeing recruits from 7 different U-M programs, provides support for 50 students, regularly sponsors student projects, and conducts research with 4 different departments.
One of the functions of the BEC is to work with schools and departments to encourage industry sponsorship of research at U-M. Total sponsorship reached $61.6 million in FY 2011.
The Office of Research and Sponsored Projects facilitates contracts for on-campus research. To encourage industry investment, it allows you to negotiate the terms for licensing intellectual property up front during the initial contracting process for major research projects, rather than waiting until after IP has been created.
U-M Tech Transfer oversees all aspects of licensing U-M technology and engages investors and entrepreneurs in the process, encouraging the creation and early development of new companies based on U-M technologies.