FAQs

Who is eligible to apply?

  • Permanent, full-time faculty in the professorial ranks (assistant, associate, full or research).

What is a typical budget?

  • Grant budgets will be dependent on the need of the specific project for a one-year period, and may be eligible for renewal. Typical awards for Exploratory projects go up to $75,000, and awards for Regular projects can range from $50,000 to $1,000,000 or more, with a typical award being $300-500,000 over multiple years.

What are the application criteria?

  • The research must relate directly to applications in focused interest areas.
  • Proposals must contain a commercialization plan.

What are some examples of outcomes of the projects proposed?

  • Examples of desirable outcomes include inventions, patents, commercial partnerships, start-up companies, and follow-on funding targeted toward these same outcomes.

What are my responsibilities as an awardee?

  • Provide a broad one-year overview
  • Prepare a detailed project plan
  • Provide project plans with quarterly milestones
  • Regularly track the project
  • Meet the objectives (including budgeted expenses) and deliverables outlined in your application.
  • Quarterly project report (progress, IP, etc.)
  • Participate in Operational Review Meetings with Oversight Committee

What can I expect from the U-M-BICI staff?

  • Intellectual property advice and legal support
  • Business development support
  • Regulatory guidance
  • Follow-on funding guidance

Who is involved with the U-M-BICI Collaboratory?

  • The U-M-BICI Collaboratory is a partnership between U-M and the Beijing Institute for Collaborative Innovation. It is housed in the Mechanical Engineering department and the UM campus liaisons are:
    • Daniel A. Rubenstein, Assistant Director
    • Albert Shih, Co-Director
    • Chuanwu Xi, Co-Director
    • Tiefei Dong, Office of Technology Transfer
  • The Collaboratory Oversight Committee is comprised of U-M and BICI leadership that oversee the program.