The University of Michigan is home to brilliant, driven researchers with immense potential to transform the way we understand, prevent and treat depression and related illnesses.

Research shows that major breakthroughs in the field of mental health will likely occur at the intersections of disciplines where investigators with diverse skill sets and perspectives can explore novel approaches and ideas.

The Research Innovation Core ignites groundbreaking research programs and interdisciplinary collaborations through initiatives and services that activate researchers’ creative potential. We are focused on supporting under-represented investigators, those working in large teams, and those at the frontiers of inventive research. Prioritizing these voices will support transdisciplinary work, effectively address mental health disparities and help retain research talent to push our field forward.


Dedicated Support and Funding Opportunities

Research Resources »

We help identify resources throughout the University of Michigan to assist the research process. Our staff is well-versed in programs, trainings, tools and other resources from the Office for the Vice President for Research, the Medical School Office of Research, and many other sources that can support investigators and advance their research programs.

Grant Development & Finding Services »

We offer one-on-one support to help investigators find tailored grant opportunities based on their research projects and funding needs. Our members can receive personalized grant proposal consultation, editing, and reviewing services.

Publication Support »

We support our members in writing, editing, reviewing and formatting articles for publication in academic journals. Our dedicated team can help members find appropriate journals to submit as well as announcements for concept papers that may be of interest. Browse call-for-paper announcements and a curated list of journals for potential manuscript submission.

Impact Grants »

We proudly support the work of promising investigators through our funding award programs. In supporting their promising pursuits of innovations, we strive to achieve breakthroughs that lead to a meaningfully lower burden of depression and bipolar disorders.

Meet the Research Innovation Core Team:

Ethan Kross, Ph.D.

Faculty Lead, Research Innovation Core

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Karen Dugas, M.P.H

Research Innovation Core Manager
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Olivia Porter

Program Assistant
Eric Simon, Ph.D.

Eric Simon, Ph.D.

Senior Technical Writer