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International Partnerships

Global Michigan, a campus-wide portal for U-M international engagement, features faculty initiatives, education abroad opportunities for students and a collection of travel policies and resources designed to support global activities for all U-M community members

Through collaborative international partnerships, researchers are pushing the frontiers of knowledge and discovery by working together to find solutions to the world's most urgent problems.

The success of these important partnerships depends on the highest standards of integrity, transparency and trust. In working with international partners, the University of Michigan maintains the highest standards in pursuit of new knowledge, and complies fully with the federal regulations and guidelines that govern research and scholarship.

International Research and Scholarship Guidance

Amid growing federal concerns regarding "foreign influence" on academic research, several federal agencies have issued statements emphasizing the need for increased transparency around activities that may unduly influence research or research results.

As these agencies further develop their guidelines for the required disclosure of international research collaboration and activity, U-M developed an important resource guide to ensure successful research collaborations with international partners.


U-M has developed collaborative partnerships with universities worldwide, and by working together, researchers help advance knowledge, solve challenging societal problems, and create new products and services that enhance quality of life.

Below are some examples of U-M international research partnerships.

U-M-BICI Collaboratory

  • The U-M-BICI Collaboratory is a joint program between U-M and the Beijing Institute of Collaborative Innovation (BICI). As part of the collaboratory, BICI sponsors and helps commercialize U-M research in a broad range of areas, including engineering, health, science and the environment, through small exploratory and larger regular project sponsorship.

U-M-Berlin Collaborative

  • The U-M-Berling Collaborative is a joint program between U-M and four educational institutions in Berlin, including Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Deutsches Zentrum für Altersfragen, Max-Planck-Institut für Bildungsforschung and Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung. As part of the collaborative, researchers from all five institutions are working together to address challenges and opportunities in the social sciences.

Brazil Initiative

  • The Brazil Initiative at the university's Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies is a university-wide initiative to promote research, teaching and activities about Brazil, and to enhance collaborations with Brazilian institutions and colleagues.

Ethiopia-Michigan Collaborative Consortium

  • U-M faculty and students engage with diverse stakeholders across the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, from ministry officials and national funding agencies to universities and non-governmental organizations. The collaboration extends beyond academia through community-based research, patient care, service learning, scholarship and research.

Global REACH

  • Global REACH was created to help facilitate and promote the U-M Medical School's international initiatives in research, education and collaborations in health.

Michigan-Israel Partnership for Research and Education

  • Since 2011, researchers at U-M, ​Technion-Israel Institute of Technology and the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel have collaborated on several competitively funded research projects. The partnership, funded by philanthropic gifts, supports research, fosters innovation and spurs collaboration among the three institutions in fields ranging from biomedical sciences to engineering.

Joint Institute for Translational and Clinical Research

  • The Joint Institute for Translational and Clinical Research is a partnership between Michigan Medicine and the Peking University Health Sciences Center. Launched in 2010 with a combined commitment of $14 million, the institute sponsors high-impact collaborative research that leverages the unique strengths of each university to advance global health.