The Research Office

Wilson Hall
371 Wilson Boulevard
Rochester, Michigan 48309-4486
(location map)
(248) 370-2762
(248) 370-4111
[email protected]

People in white lab coats working in a research lab.

Give to the Research Office

Oakland University faces a new reality. Changes in demographics and competition require a shift in culture: a shift from a teaching-focused institution to one that balances teaching and research; one that offers signature programs that attract the strongest students and faculty; one that makes targeted investments in world-class achievements, and one that provides supports and infrastructure needed to make these changes sustainable.

The current literature on student success stresses the importance of undergraduate research, hands-on activities, and real-world experiences as essential to achieving those goals. But making those research experiences effective requires that they take place in a robust research environment that is significantly supported by external research funding, that is addressing important scientific and real world problems, and that supports interaction of faculty and students across disciplines. To achieve this at OU, the Research Office must play a central role in supporting and promoting the creation of the robust research environment that will make that culture change possible.

Investment in the Aspire. Advance. Achieve. Campaign for Oakland University will be essential in helping us launch new signature programs, invest in targeted areas of research excellence, and provide the infrastructure and support that our students and faculty need to succeed.

Fundraising priorities include:
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The Dodge Brothers Idea Garage (Program)
The Dodge Brothers Idea Garage (Facility)
Center for Undergraduate Research
PI Academy Seminar Series
PI Academy Seed Funding Program
Faculty Research Seed Fund
Researcher Bridge Funding
Faculty Research Cluster Hires
Laboratory Space
New STEM Research Building
Research Staff Support
Conference Travel

To discuss contributing to any of these programs, or any other targeted research donation, contact David Stone, Vice President for Research, [email protected].

To give to The Research Office:

  • Go to the OU Giving page
  • And under the Designation “Your Gift. Your Choice.”, scroll down to the “Academic Affairs” category of funds, and choose one of the three Research Office funds:
    • "Grants & Contracts Gift Fund (30151)"
    • "OU Business Incubator Gift Fund (30084)"
    • "PI Academy Gift Fund (DPIA1)"
  • If you want to direct your gift to a specific program, please specify this in the Comments field.
  • More information can be found on the OU Advancement website, Research Office page

Feel free to contact us with questions. Thank you!