Research Lab

Research to serve the world

Research to Serve the World

As one of the nation’s leading public research universities, the University of Michigan and its students, faculty, and staff play a critical role in addressing emerging challenges and opportunities in areas of broad societal impact.

With 19 schools and colleges and more than 200 centers and institutes, U-M research, scholarship, and creative practice spans nearly every major facet of science, engineering, medicine, social sciences, business, the arts and humanities, public policy, and education.

The university has conducted more than $1 billion in research volume for 14 consecutive years, and in fiscal year 2023, research expenditures totaled $1.86 billion.

Numbers like this are important in order to comprehend the vast amount of research, scholarship, and creative practice catalyzed at U-M, but even more important is the university’s collective focus on how that funding benefits society as a whole.

Research at U-M leads to advancements in fields ranging from Great Lakes sustainability to driverless vehicle technologies to chronic disease and firearm injury prevention.

And it’s not just excellence across a broad spectrum that sparks innovative research at U-M. It’s the unique opportunity for collaboration across the campuses and beyond that has led to the university’s exceptional record of achievement.

Working together across disciplines is a hallmark of U-M, as researchers collaborate to advance knowledge, solve challenging problems, create new products, and enhance quality of life.

U-M’s research enterprise not only provides remarkably fertile ground for generating new ideas and insights—it also enhances both undergraduate and graduate education.

In the classroom and through direct involvement in research, students develop a spirit of inquiry and creativity that prepares them to make a difference no matter what careers they pursue.

$1 Billion
Federally Sponsored Research (FY23)
$1.86 Billion
Total Research Expenditures (FY23)