Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Summaries of previous URC annual reports

Information and Communication Technology (2011)

• The URC universities (U-M, Michigan State University and Wayne State University) spent nearly $74 million on research projects with a strong IT focus in fiscal year 2010.

• Of the nearly 150 startups the URC has assisted in creating since 2001, approximately 40 percent have had a distinct ICT component.

• Information technology employs about 3.5 percent of the state's work force, or about 135,000 workers, and is significant not only as its own sector but as the underpinning for much of the major industry activity and growth represented in previous sector reports.

• The industry pays high wages, with employees earning about $20,000 more than other workers in the private sector.

Advanced Manufacturing (2010)

• Michigan's advanced manufacturing industry employs 381,351 workers, accounting for 10.3 percent of all employment (2007 data). Fully one-third of advanced manufacturing jobs in the Midwest are in Michigan.

• The average wages in the advanced manufacturing industry was $64,122.

• URC universities spent $101 million on advanced manufacturing R&D in 2009.

• URC universities are educating more than 14,000 students in engineering.

Life Sciences (2009)

• Michigan's life sciences industry employed more than 79,000 workers, accounting for 2.1 percent of all employment (2006 data).

• Between 1999 and 2006, life sciences industry employment grew by 10.7 percent while during that same time period manufacturing employment dropped by 24.

• Life sciences wages averaged $83,494 in 2006.

• In 2008, URC universities spent $887 million on life sciences research and development.

• R&D expenditures grew 69 percent since the founding of the Life Sciences Corridor in 1999.

Alternative Energy Research and Development (2008)

• Michigan has a comparative advantage in biomass and wind compared to the energy potential in the other 49 states.

• URC universities spent more than $79.5 million on R&D related to alternative energy in 2007.

• Federal funding provided 71 percent ($56.8 million) of total R&D funding in alternative energy.

• More than 50 percent of all alternative energy R&D supported the auto industry.