President’s Awards for National and State Leadership and Public Impact

The University of Michigan has grand academic traditions and innovative initiatives that seek to extend our leadership into our third century. I believe U-M’s future leadership will be evaluated in part by our ability to better focus our work externally – and to share our scholarship and expertise with a broader public… I want to help us disseminate our work in a more conspicuous, and public, manner, by incentivizing faculty to share their expertise.

– Mark Schlissel, Presidential Leadership Breakfast, October 2016

In keeping with the emphasis on the University of Michigan’s public roles and obligations, the Office of the President — in collaboration with the Offices of Government Relations and Office of Research — invite nominations for two awards that honor faculty initiative and dedication in the vital sphere of public engagement and impact.

Elisabeth Gerber speaks during the Faculty Lightning Round Talks at the 2017 event
Celebrating U-M Faculty Impact, Now and Future.

Travel Support

Additionally, the Office of the President awards funds to support faculty
travel for public engagement activities.

This funding is intended for any faculty member who seeks to share expertise and capacity in policy engagement at the national level and where travel funding is not otherwise provided. Such activities might include expert testimony to Congress, leadership service on national boards of professional societies, or involvement in other national leadership and advisory positions.

For more information on the travel awards or to apply, please visit the National Service Engagement Faculty Travel Support page.