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University of Michigan Innovation Partnerships
University of Michigan Innovation Partnerships

Funding Opportunity: Toyota Research Institute (TRI) University Research Program

Are you a faculty member interested in research opportunities with the Toyota Research Institute (TRI)? TRI will be on campus the first week of September to connect with interested U-M faculty for possible future project collaboration. They are looking for projects that would add significant new knowledge and understanding to the field of AI.

If you are interested in proposing a new TRI project, please submit this form by August 31. Full proposal details are below.


  • October 1, 2023 – White papers due
  • November 1, 2023 – Confirmation of official budget request
  • December 1, 2023 – Proposal Due, including technical scope and official budget
  • January 31, 2024 – Notification of proposal acceptance

Proposal Requirements

White Paper Format

  • Length – Two pages
  • Names – Project Name, University Name(s), PI Name(s), Co-I Name(s)
  • Type – Joint Project
  • Technical 
    • What are you trying to do?
    • What do you aim to achieve in Year 4?
    • What do you aim to achieve in Year 5? (optional)
  • Alignment
    • What TRI division and what TRI project does this project support?
  • Cost 
    • What is the estimated cost?
      • The estimated cost should be generated by the tools in use by the university sponsored research office, using the breakdown of costs (such as direct labor, direct materials, indirect/overhead) customarily used by that office
      • The estimated cost need not be formally approved or submitted by the sponsored research office (the proposal will be the formal, official cost proposal)

White Paper Submission

  • The TRI Co-I(s) must submit the white paper. University PIs may not submit the white paper themselves.

Project Period

  • Year 4 (Apr 2024 – Mar 2025)
  • Year 5 (Apr 2025 – Mar 2026)

Award Size

  • Typically $100K-300k per year