Grow Your Company

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 small businesses. 

Small Company Innovation Program (SCIP)

The Michigan Corporate Relations Network (MCRN) Small Company Innovation Program (SCIP)/ Technology and Commercialization Assistance (TCA) provides matching funds up to $40,000 to Michigan small businesses to help cover the cost of conducting a research project at University of Michigan-Dearborn.

The program is intended to help companies overcome a common challenge faced by small companies and entrepreneurs – getting research and development needs met so they can get to commercialization faster. Often, universities have the expertise and facilities that the company needs, but small companies may not have the connections nor are they able to afford the cost of conducting research and development at a university. The program aims to introduce companies to the benefits of working with a university to increase the number of university/industry collaborations across the state, and to accelerate a company’s positive economic impact. Contact Clarinda Barnett-Harrison at ccbarnet@umich.edu to initiate the application process. 

Small Company Internship Award Programs (SCIA)

To encourage student job placements with innovative and dynamic businesses within the state of Michigan, the Small Company Internship Award (SCIA) provides funding for students to work as interns or cooperative positions on projects that are both beneficial to the company and academically relevant to the student.  SCIA targets small Michigan businesses in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields where exciting product and service innovation occurs.

Office of Tech Transfer (OTT)

OTT is the University organization responsible for the transfer of University technology to the marketplace. We enhance these research discoveries to encourage licensing and broad deployment with existing businesses and newly-formed U-M start-ups. OTT has earned a reputation for performance among the top 10 of all universities.