President initiates selection, appointment process for research VP


President Mark Schlissel has initiated the selection and appointment process to fill the position of vice president for research.

Rebecca Cunningham has served as interim vice president for research since June 1, 2019.

The vice president for research serves as the university’s chief research official responsible for the university’s $1.6 billion research portfolio, provides leadership in national and international activities regarding research policy, and guides the university in defining goals and identifying emerging opportunities in the area of research.

The position is an executive officer reporting directly to the president, and provides leadership for the Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Flint campuses to fully align research with the overall academic mission of the university.

The position works closely with the provost, executive officers, deans and directors of U-M’s schools, colleges and institutes, and the provosts and chancellors of the Dearborn and Flint campuses.

The vice president for research also leads the Office of Research consisting of 15 units that support research and related activities. UMOR provides central research administration from proposal submission, through contract development and negotiation, to project closeout.

The office also fosters a culture of ethical research and compliance at U-M by providing guidance and oversight and overseeing policy, including research compliance, guidelines for research faculty and the implementation of applicable laws and standards.

The President’s Office is overseeing the selection and appointment process and is accepting nominations and applications for the position.

The position description and an option to submit nominations and applications online are at Inquiries can also be directed to [email protected].


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