Meet the new Innovation Partnerships.
A bold development born out of a desire to increase support for the University of Michigan research community. Enabling the commercial advancement of ideas that forward our world. Technologies and research that save lives. Innovations that connect and transform. The mission of Innovation Partnerships is broader and more impactful than ever before.
We connect your research with those who need it, create companies that pioneer solutions, or simply provide counsel to broaden opportunities.
Innovation Partnerships is the primary gateway for U-M researchers seeking to increase the impact of their work by connecting with the private sector — through corporate-sponsored research collaborations, licensing discussions, or connections with business mentors, entrepreneurs, and investors to support startup company formation.
Our experts champion the creation of corporate research ALLIANCES and collaborations to accelerate the development of promising research. We enable the translation, commercial development, and LICENSING of groundbreaking research discoveries and technologies. We help create new VENTURES to usher in change.
Alliances | Licensing | Ventures
We strive to give every U-M research discovery its very best chance to positively impact the world.
We believe in the transformative power of research and are inspired to create new models for university tech commercialization.
We spur mutually beneficial research partnerships between U-M researchers and industry.
We believe in providing phenomenal faculty-centered customer service.
We are inspired to redefine how world-class research can fuel a region and solve the world’s biggest challenges.
We’re always evolving.
Stay tuned for exciting announcements and new services offered by Innovation Partnerships.
Your engagement amplifies the impact of research across the U-M community.
We’re here. We’re ready.
At Innovation Partnerships we welcome great ideas – and they occur every day at the University of Michigan. We help you develop, protect, and advance your ideas for the market. We support the creation of venture ready startups. We improve communities by fueling economic development. And we don’t stop there. No matter your innovation or idea, your efforts deserve a partner.
At Innovation Partnerships we welcome great ideas – and they occur every day at the University of Michigan. We help you develop those ideas into a competitive advantage. We support the creation of venture ready startups. We improve communities by fueling economic development. And we don’t stop there. No matter your innovation or idea, your efforts deserve a partner.
Startups that make an impact.
The Ventures team within Innovation Partnerships brings experienced investors, entrepreneurs, domain experts as well as access to grant funding and investment capital to support the formation of new startup companies commercializing U-M innovations. Our team has years of investment, corporate management, and startup leadership experience to position U-M startup companies for success. We will be with you for every step of your U-M startup journey.
Corporate Research Alliances
Corporate Research Alliances is the university’s first stop for corporate partners seeking research collaborations. We provide a launchpad to support converting faculty and industry relationships into successful sponsored research engagements. We specialize in facilitating industry collaborations that commercialize the novel work of researchers. From initial discussions and framing deal terms to final execution and alliance management, we support and streamline the establishment, implementation, and ongoing management of research collaborations. Contact us to get started.
Our experienced team of licensing professionals is available to support you on your innovation journey. Connect with us to discuss your research, submit an invention disclosure, and begin to map a commercialization strategy.
Press with a purpose.
The impact of Innovation Partnerships is global and always expanding into new areas of innovation.
View recent publications that feature our partnerships, startups, or research initiatives.