Relationships & Partners

Michigan State University is full of passionate people who are looking to address the today's biggest challenges through world-class teaching, research and scholarship—innovators and experts who are dedicating their knowledge and resources to make the world a better place. But none of them can do it alone. 

The world's most challenging problems demand collaboration. Our faculty and students must cross borders to understand other cultures and we must cross boundaries that have historically divided fields of study. ISP is helping to build collaboration across colleges and areas of expertise and with partners around the world. We are breaking down the barriers that keep scholars, scientists, and communities from working together. We build bridges and forge relationships and teams to develop innovative solutions to pressing problems.


Building a Global Network

MSU is committed to working side-by-side with our partners. With our unique partnership approach and capacity to take on increasingly complex problems, we are creating a global network that connects faculty, students, universities, government agencies, non-governmental organizations, foundations, and industry partners across countries, projects, and multi-continent consortiums.


Transdisciplinary Approach

MSU faculty and students work together—across colleges and disciplinary boundaries—to explore innovative and practical solutions to the world’s biggest challenges. Our transdisciplinary approach to solving real-world problems helps us to form and reform teams, reposition thematic and country expertise as needed, and create an optimal pool of resources and expertise.


Transforming Research to Impact

MSU applies our land-grant mission to a global context, turning our cutting-edge research into practical interventions for the betterment of societies around the world. We are on the ground and in the field with our partners, collaborating across borders and cultures to help build a world of resilient communities.