New Website Helps Researchers Find Collaborators & Funding

September 7, 2018

Introducing Michigan Research Experts!

In an increasingly competitive environment, new tools for the funding tool box can be the edge that help researchers successfully win that next grant or reach an agreement with that new industry partner. This week the Medical School Office of Research launched a new tool for researchers’ funding tool box – Michigan Research Experts.

Michigan Research Experts is a searchable, web-based database of research expertise designed for the University of Michigan and developed to foster collaboration. It goes beyond journal publications, monitoring hundreds of different channels providing the latest information from sources like books, conferences, grants, patents, and even clinical trials.

Michigan Research ExpertsProfiles of faculty from across the U-M, including the College of Engineering, Nursing, LSA, and the Dearborn campus are included in Michigan Research Experts, along with linked activities of researchers across the globe. (CLICK HERE for a list of U-M schools whose faculty are currently listed in Michigan Research Experts). And finding possible collaborators is just the tip of the iceberg. Search results also show funding organizations and award amounts from around the world, offering a view into possible funding sources for new projects here at the U-M.

“Using Michigan Research Experts, I can view grant awards data associated with a research area of interest from over 300 funding organizations,” notes John Cristiano, Assistant Dean for Research Development and Strategic Initiatives in the College of Engineering and Computer Science at UM-Dearborn. “For instance, I can search ‘mobility’ or ‘biomaterials’ and quickly learn who is publishing and receiving sponsored research support across the U-M or across the world, opening new avenues for possible collaborations or sources of funding.”

“The UMMS Office of Research has invested in the development of Michigan Research Experts on behalf of our entire research community,” notes Steve Kunkel, Ph.D. and Medical School Senior Association Dean for Research. “OoR team members and stakeholders from across campus have been working in partnership with our vendor, and we’re confident it will prove a valuable resource for all our research faculty and staff.”

The UMMS Office of Research team is available to answer any questions about Michigan Research Experts, or schedule an in-depth demonstration of the database for lab staff or departments. Simply connect with them at or 734-764-1255.