Michigan Corporate Relations Network Announces RFP for Small Company Innovation Program

March 8, 2012

East Lansing, MI –The Michigan Corporate Relations Network (MCRN) is soliciting proposals for its Small Company Innovation Program (SCIP). The SCIP will provide cost-sharing grants to foster collaboration between MCRN universities and small-to medium-size companies on research projects for new commercial products or services.

The six universities that make up MCRN are Wayne State University, the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Michigan Technological University, University of Michigan-Dearborn, and Western Michigan University. Each member university maintains an office that connects businesses to university resources and faculty that can assist research needs. Companies interested in applying for the SCIP will be paired with the appropriate faculty principal investigator (PI) to outline a project and submit a proposal.

The resulting collaboration will give small companies the opportunity to meet research needs that may not otherwise be affordable. The SCIP will also stimulate talent retention in Michigan by creating relationships between small companies and university graduate student researchers.

Individual SCIP projects are funded at $20,000 to $40,000 and require one-to-one matching funds from the sponsoring company. MCRN member universities will supply funds to cover all their indirect costs. Additional information is available at www.michigancrn.org/scip . The deadline to submit a proposal is May 1, 2012.

The Michigan Corporate Relations Network is collaboration among six public universities working to connect small businesses with university resources that will help to drive innovation and commercialization.

Beth Marmarelli