The University of Michigan Water Center addresses critical and emerging water resource challenges. We are driven by the desire to ensure management of our water resources is informed by the best possible science. Our mission is to improve the policy and management decisions that affect our waters by integrating decision makers and other end users into collaborative research projects. This integration fosters learning by all participants and the co-production of high-quality, usable, science-based information that can lead to innovative solutions. We also design and implement innovative grant-making processes that support collaborative research.