Research and Innovation
Over the past fiscal year, our faculty, staff, and students garnered more than $163 million in external funding to support 555 different projects. These funds come from a multitude of sponsors, including every major federal agency, nonprofit foundations, state agencies, and the private sector, and support all aspects of our mission – education, research, and service.
- UM ranks in the top quartile of all public research universities for research expenditures, according to the National Science Foundation’s most recent report.
- The School of Pharmacy ranked No. 1 nationally among 120 schools of pharmacy for total extramural funding. The school also ranked No. 5 for funding from the National Institutes of Health, the highest ranking UM has ever achieved for NIH funding.
- The Medical Center began development of new multidisciplinary research centers, including the Women’s Health Center and the Memory Impairment and Neurodegenerative Diseases Center, which announced receipt of a $26 million multi-center National Institutes of Health grant.
- The Medical Center sponsored a Global Obesity Summit and kicked off development of the Obesity, Metabolism, and Nutrition Center with a $2 million gift from the Sanderson family.
- The university’s National Center for Natural Products Research and the Medical Center’s Cancer Institute have joined forces to discover, test and develop new drugs to fight cancer.
- The Medical Center formalized a research partnership with Mayo Clinic to advance basic, clinical, and population research, as well as the training of clinician scientists.
- One new company was formed in the past year to commercialize the results of faculty research, bringing the total of UM spinoffs to 13. Also, five new patents were issued to the university in the past fiscal year, for a total of 45 patents.