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Partnership Opportunities



  • Research with an impact in product development and public policy
  • Independent and unbiased research
  • Prestige and backing of the University of Michigan
  • Student participation develops future research professionals
  • Prime location, in the heart of the auto industry, a rich technical community

How To Do Business with UMTRI

UMTRI's funding comes entirely from contracts with sponsors in government, industry, and the nonprofit sector. You will find that initiating contracts or developing less formal partnerships with UMTRI is a straightforward and uncomplicated process.

Once you have identified the area of expertise that is of interest to you, you can easily identify a primary researcher or administrator in that area, with whom you can begin a dialogue through phone or email.

Sponsored Studies

UMTRI is in the business of providing solutions and expanding knowledge related to drivers, vehicles, and the systems that unite them with the social and technical infrastructure. We accomplish this through basic and applied research performed under contract with a variety of sponsors in government, industry, and the nonprofit sector. Those contracts may result from sole-source discussions or competitive bids.

Full details of the process of initiating and carrying out a contract with UMTRI can be found at the website of U-M's Office of the Vice President for Research, the office charged with overseeing UMTRI's research activities.

Affiliates Programs

Affiliates programs provide a means by which a group of sponsors can pool their funds to ensure the ongoing support of research in an area of interest that is mutually agreed upon. These programs provide a base of unrestricted funds to allow UMTRI research groups the flexibility required to investigate key transportation issues of relevance to a broad community of stakeholders.

Industry Affiliation Program for Human Factors in Transportation Safety
Sustainable Worldwide Transportation

Testing and Analysis Services

UMTRI researchers can perform small-scale testing or analysis projects, for which a purchase order, as opposed to a research contract, provides the terms of payment. Examples of this type of service include vehicle-parameter measurement, restraint-system testing, or basic runs on crash datasets.

Giving to UMTRI

When you make a gift to UMTRI, you join with other corporations and associations to support an indispensable resource for advances in transportation safety.

If you are interested in speaking with someone about making a gift to UMTRI, please contact UMTRI at:

University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute
2901 Baxter Rd.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2150
Phone: 734-936-1047
Fax: 734-936-1081

Or, you can make a donation here.