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Research News: U of Michigan Spent a Record $1.48 Billion on R & D

Posted by Rebecca Inch-Partridge on Thu, Jan 11, 2018

According to the National Science Foundation, The University of Michigan (UM) has ranked number one in total research spending among public universities in the United States for the past seven years. Just as impressive, the $1.48 billion spent in 2016/2017 represents a 6.4% increase over the previous finical year. Much of the university's funding came from federal grants.

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(Image of Biomedical Science Research Building at UM courtesy of Dwight Burdette via Wikimedia)

Over half of the research done at UM is conducted under contract with the federal agencies. Last year, those federal research expenditures rose by 5 percent to $831.8 million. Part of this growth came from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), where expenditures rose by 10 percent to $544.7 million. In the 2017 calendar year, the NIH, an agency of the HHS, which serves as the federal focal point for health and medical research awarded UM over $400 million in research project grants. Funding from the National Science Foundation, the second-largest sponsor, increased by 7 percent to $92 million, and support from the Department of Defense was slightly higher than last year's record of $81 million. 

"This investment in U-M research by government, industry, foundations and philanthropists is an investment in the future," said S. Jack Hu, vice president for research, in an article for Michigan News. "The research we conduct generates new knowledge that leads to everything from advances in the diagnosis and treatment of disease, to driverless vehicles, to a better understanding of the personal and social challenges of aging. Research is also central to our ability to prepare our students for the challenges they will face in whatever career they choose to pursue."

At $590 million, Michigan Medicine accounts for more than 40 percent of all UM research spending. Michigan Medicine serves as the university’s academic medical center. It includes the Medical School with its 20 clinical and nine basic science departments. 

Michigan Medicine Key statistics for FY 2016/2017:   

  • $591.1 million in new research funding was awarded to Michigan Medicine teams. This funding came in the form of more than 3,705 grants and contracts from federal and state agencies, industry, foundations and others. This included a $58 million federal grant that funds the Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research.
  • More than 16 percent of Medical School research funding came from industry. The U-M Business Engagement Center ranks the Medical School as the top U-M unit for industry funding. 
  • The university collected $9.2 million in royalties and equity sales from medical inventions and innovations that arose out of Michigan Medicine research - more than 60 percent of U-M’s total income of this kind.
  • Michigan Medicine research yielded 174 new inventions in 2017.
  • Medical innovations from Michigan Medicine researchers accounted for 51 patent applications and 44 issued patents.
  • U-M signed 84 new license or option agreements with industry based on Michigan Medicine discoveries.
  • 5 new companies launched out of Michigan Medicine research.
  • In 2017, Michigan Medicine made major improvements in its infrastructure for clinical research, to support research teams and study participants even better.


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