Great Minds, Greater Discoveries

Great Minds, Greater Discoveries

Strategic Research Plan

The University of Michigan Medical School’s strategic research plan, “Great Minds, Greater Discoveries,” is focused largely on our people, who remain our greatest resource.

Shaped by the Research Board of Directors, the ultimate objective of this initiative is to increase faculty’s competitiveness and their ability to pursue major scientific questions in a rich and diverse environment that leads to discoveries that inspire new preventions, treatments, and cures.

New! Research Scouts Funding Program

Research Scouts is an agile, low-burden funding program providing money to scientists to in invest in other scientists' bold ideas.

Programs & Activities Supported By Great Minds, Greater Discoveries

Statistical Support for Large-Scale Clinical Trials

Support for Outstanding Research - Valuing Our Own

Research Climate Council

Pandemic Research Recovery

Clinical Research Coordinator Career Ladder

Research Operations, Management, and Administration Fellowship

Five Strategies


The University of Michigan Medical School will be the destination for world-class research faculty, learners, and staff with active development across all stages of their careers. Tactics including:



An integrated research ecosystem will foster collaborations across disciplines, the University, external partners, stakeholders, and communities. Tactics including:

  • Identify scientific areas where the power and synergy of U-M can be brought to bear to advance science and healthResearch Domains
  • Provide large-scale grant support
  • Develop a mechanism to facilitate organic community formation by faculty with common research interests
  • Enhance Michigan Research Experts

Bold Science

Our pioneering research will enable innovative, high-risk, and transformative biomedical discoveries. Tactics including:

bold science
  • Dedicate internal funds to support “bold” science. CLICK HERE to learn more about Research Scouts, one example of programs supporting bold science.
  • Develop mechanisms to bring diverse faculty together intellectually to solve scientific and health problems
    -Think tanks, ideation jams, TEDx, coffee chats, pubs & grub, Center-2-Center
    -Foster an entrepreneurial ecosystem to advance novel findings and translate discoveries
    -Capitalize on commercialization & seed funds to accelerate MM innovations
    -Recruit faculty with an entrepreneurial phenotype



Clinical Research

The U-M clinical research enterprise will be best in class, executing investigations of the highest quality and impact that improve clinical care, value, access, and outcomes. Tactics including:

clinical research
  • Improve efficiency of activating high-quality clinical trials.
  • Build capabilities to become lead site of multi-site clinical trials.
  • Execute “site-less” clinical trials using modern smartphone and web app tools
  • Streamline processes
    Modernize regulatory review workflows & eRRM application
  • Improve inpatient research workflows & partnerships
  • Expand tools: Advarra eReg, recruitment, etc.
  • Expand research to strategic ambulatory clinics & statewide community affiliates


Our vibrant research environment will facilitate scientific excellence through cutting-edge infrastructure and expert services. Tactics including:

  • Strengthen IT infrastructure
    -Embedded research liaisons
    -Expand Academic IT core
    -Managed device program
    -High-speed research network
    -Computing package
    -Data storage, security, & dissemination
    -Access to health data
    -New tools: Salesforce (centralized training grant data) & Epic reporting and recruitment tools
  • World-class Cores & resources
    -Continued technology investments
    -Transforming cores - Advanced Microscopy & Advanced Genomics
    -New central cores: Mobile Health & Wearables Collaborative & Training Grant Office
    -Michigan Research Cores portal
    -MM integrated website redesign – "Research” breadth and depth
  • Renovations & Improvements
    -Generator Projects
    -BSRB Vivarium
    -Med Sci I B & D Wing
    -Med Sci II
Research Strategies Flow



"With great minds achieving greater discoveries, we will create transformative knowledge
that advances science and improves health."Steven Kunkel, Ph.D.


Steven L. Kunkel, Ph.D.
Executive Vice Dean for Research, Medical School
Chief Scientific Officer, Michigan Medicine
Peter A. Ward Distinguished University Professor
Endowed Professor of Pathology Research






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