Research Resource Guide

Fast Forward Medical Innovation (FFMI) understands that you still want to further your research during these unprecedented times, so we put together a list of resources that includes FFMI offerings, as well as resources from collaborators and industry, that can help you plan and guide your research while you’re not physically in the lab.

The FFMI team wants to assure you that, although we are working remotely, we are fully staffed and here to support your research needs. During this time, FFMI team members are available by phone and email. CLICK HERE for the staff directory that includes emails and phone numbers, or contact us at

FFMI Funding & Mentorship

Frankel Innovation Initiative
$20 million fund established to support research and subsequent development of life-saving therapies. COVID-19-related research is very much within the scope of the Initiative’s guidelines.
CLICK HERE to learn more about the Frankel Innovation Initiative and CLICK HERE to apply.
Deadline: June 1

Idea Consultations
Contact us and one of our FFMI commercialization experts will talk to you about how your research can translate out of the university and onto a successful path to commercialization.

FFMI Commercialization Education & Business Development

Business Development Support – University of Michigan investigators can reach out to the Business Development team for support of milestone-driven projects impacted by the work stoppage during COVID-19. The Business Development team can help navigate internal processes, as well as negotiate with industry sponsors extensions, no-cost extensions, planned restarts, etc., so you can continue your research activities once the COVID-19 situation resolves.

Fast Forward Medical Innovation offers a comprehensive library of valuable videos covering a variety of subjects that will help you navigate the road to successful innovation and commercialization.

Interacting with Industry Series – How to Pitch to Industry
Learn how to pitch to an industry partner.

CLICK HERE to view all “How to Pitch to Industry” videos.

“How To” Series – the Pitch Presentation
A walk-through and downloadable resource of all the suggested details needed to produce and thorough and formal presentation. This could be for an industry, investor, or internal pitch.

CLICK HERE to view video and download the pitch presentation template

Interacting with Industry Series – The NDA: When, How, and PI Responsibilities
Learn how to protect information.

CLICK HERE to view all “The NDA: When, How, and PI Responsibilities”

Communicating the Value of Your Innovation – A Value Proposition Workshop
The basics about how to put together a value proposition in order to determine what your innovation solves for who, and why.

Milestones for Commercialization of Digital Health Technologies
Tips on how to navigate the path to commercialization for digital health technologies.

Milestones & Timelines for Medical Device & Diagnostic Commercialization
Tips on how to navigate the path to commercialization for medical devices and diagnostics.

Milestones for the Commercialization of Therapeutic Innovations
Tips on how to navigate the path to commercialization for therapeutics.

Other Helpful Resources

COVID-19 Research Index – Researchers across a wide variety of disciplines at the University of Michigan are using their expertise to address the global COVID-19 pandemic. The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) created the following COVID-19 Research Index to increase awareness and foster collaborations among U-M researchers studying coronavirus. If you would like the OVPR to index your coronavirus project as part of its COVID-19 Research Index, please complete this form.



Corporate Foundation and Relations – Search engine listing open corporate/foundation RFPs that can be filtered for research Pis looking for grant funding. To access, a U-M employee will need to login using their Level-1 password.



PathSurveyor – Free service provided by in2being, LLC to help anyone get a head-start on finding the best regulatory path for their device.

510(k) Decisions – Free index for searching FDA 501(k) clearance summaries by company name, product code, 501(k) number, etc.

Mobile Apps Interactive Tool – Free decision tool provided by the Federal Trade Commission for mobile applications related to healthcare. The tool asks you a series of questions to help you figure out which federal regulations (i.e., FDA, HIPAA, FTC) may apply to your product.

The MICHR IND/IDE Investigator Assistance Program (MIAP) provides consultation on research involving investigational agents (drugs ,devices, and biologics) that includes:

  • Determination of regulatory pathway and need for an IND (Investigational New Drug) or exemption, IDE (Investigational Drug Exemption), orphan disease designation, or humanitarian use device (HUD).
  • Protocol and informed consent review and assistance.
  • Assistance with FDA meeting requests, preparation, and support.
  • Expertise and guidance on navigating investigational agent regulation and compliance).

The MICHR Biostatistics Group provides expertise to clinical and translational researchers in:

  • Research design, including sampling methods, sample size consideration, power calculation, and data analysis plans
  • Randomization scheme development and implementation
  • Statistical analysis and data summarization planning and execution
  • Case report form and database review and assessment
  • Data quality assessment
  • Data Safety Monitoring Plan and data reporting


Market Research

The University of Michigan Library curates helpful guides to research resources available to University of Michigan employees. The Commercialization Resources Guide provides a one-stop shop for access to market research and analysis reports available through the U-M library using your UM Level-1 password. Suggested guides include “Business” and “Health,” which offer access to resources such as BCC Research, Frost & Sullivan, BioCentury Innovation, and Academic.

HCUPnet is a free, online query system based on data from the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP). The system provides health care statistics and information for hospital inpatient, emergency department, and ambulatory settings, as well as population-based health care data on counties in the United States.



BBC Entrepreneurial Training & Consulting provides SBBR/STTR proposal development services to technology-based entrepreneurs and early-stage companies throughout Michigan. The program provides training and one-on-one proposal preparation assistance to qualified companies at low cost.


Regional Small Business Resources

PathFinder, provided by MedHealth, compiles regional resources on topics including networking, customer base identification, development resources, regulatory strategy, and more.