In President Mary Sue Coleman’s 2006 address to the U-M Senate Assembly, she invited faculty participation in reviewing U-M’s current China-related collaborations and reflecting on opportunities for growth. To that end, President Coleman is forming a China Task Force whose members will develop recommendations for the university’s strategic engagements with China in research, education, and service.

    The U-M China Initiatives Website

    This new site provides an inventory of the university’s joint institutes in China, agreements of cooperation with Chinese institutions, as well as current faculty research projects related to China ( Jen Zhu, the University’s China Initiatives Coordinator, intends to have the entire website mirrored in China. Information about China-related projects not yet listed on the website should be sent directly to Jen at

    New China Research Funding

    This new program provides seed money for pilot collaborative research projects in the areas of psychology, human growth and development, and education. Funding is available for joint research projects by U-M faculty from three U-M units: Psychology, Center for Human Growth and Development, and Education, together with faculty from corresponding Chinese institutions: Chinese Academy of Sciences Institute of Psychology, Peking University Department of Psychology, and Beijing Normal University School of Psychology.  Proposals should be jointly submitted and will be jointly funded to a maximum of $10,000 per project. Please contact Frances Liao ( at the Center for Human Growth and Development for application and funding details.