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University of Michigan Innovation Partnerships
University of Michigan Innovation Partnerships

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MTRAC Innovation Hub for Advanced Applied Materials

Supporting collaborative translational research projects led by teams of researchers and business advisors to advance materials-based technologies that address poorly met market needs into commercial development.

MTRAC Advanced Transportation Innovation Hub

MTRAC Transportation funds research applications in advanced transportation materials, robotics and autonomy, sensors, electric vehicle drivetrain, propulsion, software, controls, data, and advanced manufacturing processes

MTRAC Innovation Hub for AgBio

Statewide commercialization program with in-depth domain expertise in AgBio research related to food, fuel & fiber, either as inputs or outputs. This includes bio-derived/bio-based materials, natural resources and animal health.

NIBR Global Scholars Program

NIBR Global Scholars Program is a highly competitive program that connects university faculty involved in drug discovery research and related technologies from the University of Michigan and other national and international academic institutions with the NIBR scientific sponsors to explore new and exciting research directions toward transformative medicines.

Partnerships for Innovation: Accelerating Innovation Research- Technology Transfer (PFI:AIR-TT)

The PFI:AIR-TT program supports research to overcome technology barriers or knowledge gaps in the transformation of fundamental science and engineering discoveries into market-valued solutions.

Research Catalyst and Innovation Program

The Research Catalyst and Innovation (RCI) Program includes four new funding mechanisms totaling more than $1.5 million in annual support. The program infuses funding and fosters increased collaboration to catalyze research and spur innovation across the three University of Michigan campuses.

SBIR and STTR Programs

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs are highly competitive programs that encourage domestic small businesses to engage in Federal Research/Research and Development (R/R&D) with the potential for commercialization.

SPARC – University of Michigan Partnership Grant for Drug Discovery

SPARC – University of Michigan Partnership Grant for Drug Discovery seeks to provide financial support and in-kind industry resources to move various promising drug-discovery research projects within the university toward the ultimate goal of new therapies for patients.

The Advance Grant

The ADVANCE Grant program like MTRAC, will provide a strong incentive for faculty with early stage technologies at the Michigan public universities to engage with their university’s Technology Transfer Office (TTO) and commercialization activities.

Toyota Research Institute

Building on a successful five-year collaboration with University of Michigan faculty, the Toyota Research Institute will renew its research partnership with U-M for an additional five years, with projects funded up to $3M per year, TRI announced Jan. 26.

U-M Therapeutic Innovation Fund

The U-M Therapeutic Innovation Fund, offered by the Michigan Center for Therapeutic Innovation (MCTI) and Fast Forward Medical Innovation (FFMI), is a five-year, $2.5 million fund created in 2016 to accelerate the discovery and translation of therapeutic candidates at the University of Michigan.

Wolverine Venture Fund

Wolverine Venture Fund is an evergreen fund that seeks investment opportunities in SaaS, Biotech, Health Tech, Advanced Materials, and other advanced and emerging technologies. The fund invests in priced series seed, A, or B rounds alongside established venture capital firms serving as lead investors.
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