Funding Opportunities

The University of Michigan-Dearborn Business Engagement Center, as a member of the Michigan Corporate Relations Network (MCRN), is pleased to offer a variety of funding opportunities to Michigan area corporations. Current opportunities are listed below


Small Company Innovation Program (SCIP)

The Small Company Innovation Program provides opportunities for companies to partner with universities both for research and the further development of identified technologies. The Small Company Innovation Program (SCIP) will provide Michigan small businesses access to matching funding to engage the MCRN partner universities on company-specific research projects.

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Small Company Internship Award Program (SCIA)

To encourage student job placements with innovative and dynamic company partners within the state of Michigan, the Small Company Internship Award (SCIA) program provides funding for students to work as summer interns or cooperative positions with corporate partners on projects that are both beneficial to the company and academically relevant to the student.  The SCIA program is targeted at small Michigan businesses in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields where exciting product and service innovation occurs.

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Instant Innovation Program

The Instant Innovation Program brings faculty experts from the universities together with Michigan companies to tackle significant business and research challenges identified by the companies in a day long, facilitated brainstorming session. The goal is to foster creative, unique approaches to solving fundamental technology and process challenges.

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Michigan Information Transfer Source (MITS)

MITS provides your business with access to literature you have identified to support your business plan, discover trends or inform your research.  As registered participants, any costs beyond this nominal fee, including royalties and shipping, are covered!  Rush services are available, for an additional fee. Requests may be limited.

Learn more about the MITS