Shaping our future

Our vision is to drive Michigan’s economy forward by harnessing the intellectual power of our three public research universities, attracting innovative businesses, and preparing the workforce for the future industries of tomorrow.

Innovating since 1869

About the University Research Corridor

Michigan’s University Research Corridor (URC) is an alliance of Michigan’s three leading research institutions: Michigan State University, University of Michigan, and Wayne State University, fostering a powerhouse for talent, research innovation, and economic growth. This unique cluster of public institutions excels in education, generates patents, and develops life-saving medical treatments. By enhancing regional life and advancing global knowledge, the URC attracts high-tech businesses and prepares a skilled workforce, driving Michigan’s economic revitalization and shaping a dynamic future.

Key industries of impact

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Sustainability means meeting our current needs without compromising the future — merging environmental care with economic opportunity.

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Life & Health Sciences

We’re pioneering breakthroughs in health and biology, promising better health outcomes for all and deeper scientific insights.

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Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence is revolutionizing efficiency and innovation across sectors, heralding a new era of technological advancement.

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Advanced Manufacturing

Advanced manufacturing is critical to the modern economy, enabling the development of faster, more efficient, and smarter technology.

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URC Staff & Current University presidents