Neil Canfield

neilcan@umich.edu | 202-554-0630

Neil informs and advises University of Michigan (U-M) campuses on federal legislative, regulatory and research policy developments that affect university research operations. His role reflects the importance federal investments play at research universities and as the largest sponsor of U-M research. In this capacity, Neil will direct efforts to catalyze, safeguard and protect the university’s research enterprise.

Neil provides support to faculty working with federal policymakers, and identifies opportunities for U-M experts to make positive contributions to the national research agenda, while considering the different yet overlapping needs and priorities of the Administration, federal agencies, Members of Congress, and the U-M campus community.

An effective relationship builder and a strategic communicator, Neil has extensive experience developing bipartisan relationships with congressional stakeholders and executive branch leadership, assessing and providing inputs on pertinent legislation and regulations, and creating impactful partnerships and connections between Washington D.C. and Ann Arbor to serve the world.

Prior to joining the University of Michigan, Neil spent seven years supporting the mission of the National Science Foundation (NSF), where he served as an advisor to the NSF Director and other agency officials. While at NSF, Neil was detailed to The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), where he supported the OSTP Director and the Chief Technology Officer of the United States, and represented the Administration’s science and technology policy priorities to Members of Congress.

Neil previously worked for Congressman Bill Huizenga, who represents Michigan’s Second Congressional District, and also served as a Professional Staff member of the Subcommittee on Technology and Innovation of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, where he handled issues related to federal research and development, innovation, and technology policy. Prior to his work on Capitol Hill, he spent three years supporting the Science and Technology Directorate of the Department of Homeland Security.

Neil is a native of West Michigan and a graduate of the Richard G. Lugar Program in Politics and Public Service at Denison University.