Graham Sustainability Institute

Collaborative Research Support

Across the University of Michigan, experts from the sciences, arts, and humanities are working to address sustainability challenges at the intersection of the environment and society. The Graham Sustainability Institute amplifies those efforts by connecting faculty and external stakeholders, with a focus on catalyzing and supporting end-user driven research collaborations that lead to real-world impact.

We offer U-M faculty from the Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Flint campus support services, funding opportunities, and other resources. Faculty and external partners may contact Graham staff at any time to discuss potential initiatives at


Connect with others working on sustainability

The sustainability experts database helps users identify potential collaborators. Networking events offer opportunities to connect, share, and incubate cross-discipinary ideas. Graham staff work closely with stakeholders internal and external to the university to understand their interests, needs, and priorities, and to make connections where those intersect.

Develop new, user-driven research collaborations

Graham’s specialists can assist in the development of new project ideas. Through targeted workshops and scoping sessions, we bring together appropriate researcher and non-academic participants to explore intersecting interests and potential funding for engaged research projects with broader impacts.

Get support for collaborative processes and outreach

Our experienced team can support faculty-led, collaborative research partnerships by designing and providing project coordination, stakeholder engagement, knowledge translation, and communications activities.

Move a project forward

We offer seed funding of up to $10,000 to multidisciplinary teams ready to launch new efforts or to translate existing science for real-world application. Learn more about catalyst grants.