University Experts Portal
The Michigan Corporate Relations Network (MCRN) Expertise and Resource Portal is an easy-to-use searchable website featuring available university researchers and related resources at facilities such as university research centers. The MCRN Expertise and Resource Portal is a single point of access website to serve businesses both within Michigan and around the globe. Combined with the business outreach services at each MCRN associated university, the portal provides a means for businesses to take advantage of the resources available at a single university, collaborations of universities, or the entire MCRN network of six universities.
For example, an automotive supplier is seeking to develop a critical engineering process that would enable the firm to expand into a new market. The process manager could search the portal to find engineering research experts who have the ability to help the firm solve their process problem, and connect to the university business engagement office, which will foster development of a win-win engagement relationship. Here is what a search result screen will look like after searching for “engineering” and clicking on a faculty with engineering capabilities.