The University of Michigan (U-M) has traditional strength in foundational science but in the past 10-15 years there have been major institutional efforts to develop the infrastructure for conducting high-quality clinical research and for supporting outstanding clinician-scientists.

Notable developments include the creation of MICHR (Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research), IHPI (Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation), the Alfred A. Taubman Medical Research Institute, the Clinical Trials Support Units, and the Data Office for Clinical and Translational Research. These and other campus-wide endeavors, such as the Precision Health Initiative and MIDAS (Michigan Institute for Data Science), position U-M to be pre-eminent and achieve major impact in clinical research.

With this growing infrastructure comes the opportunity for the recruitment and development of outstanding faculty whose focus is clinical research, broadly defined to include clinical trials, clinical outcomes, health services research, and policy. In response, the U-M Medical School is launching the new Clinical Sciences Scholars Program, which will complement the longstanding and highly successful Biological Sciences Scholars Program.