About UM-Dearborn Research

Since the university’s founding, UM-Dearborn has always had roots in highly practical research. We’re proud to say that spirit still motivates our research enterprise today, though as the world’s major challenges have changed, we’ve changed along with them. Our faculty ranks now include experts in a wide range of emerging and evolving disciplines like sustainability, mobility, educational research and curriculum innovation, additive manufacturing and materials, social equity, cyber-physical systems, bioengineering, 21st century energy systems, and urban arts — just to name a few of the areas we count as strengths. Moreover, we pride ourselves in having highly interdisciplinary teams that love working collaboratively to solve complex problems requiring multiple perspectives. You’ll also see from our body of work that we believe everyone has a role to play in research — whether you’re an undergrad or post-doc, an early-career faculty member or renowned veteran.

Research Strengths

  • Additive Manufacturing, Materials and Design
  • Sustainability and Recycling Technologies
  • Education Research and Curriculum Innovation
  • Mobility
  • Urban Arts, Media, Culture
  • Energy and Power Distribution Infrastructure
  • Software Engineering & Cyber-physical Systems

Office of Research

The UM-Dearborn Office of Research uses an array of strategic, proactive, catalytic and capacity-building activities to boost research output, growth and impact on our campus. Whether you’re an individual faculty member or part of a research team, our office can help you attract extramural research funding, create relationships, and develop implementation plans that give you a competitive edge. Learn more about our work and services by visiting the Office of Research website.

UM-Dearborn Research in Numbers

External Research and Sponsored Funding in FY 2022

  • Total External Award: $11.12 million
  • Total Award Dollars Submitted: $44 million
  • Research Expenditures: $7.8 million
Funding FY2022



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Faculty Scholarly Publications YOY

Scholarly Publications Academic Year 2019-20 Academic Year 2020-21
Journal Articles 375 341
Conference Proceedings 134 133
Book Chapters 53 31
Books 19 12