Michigan Corporate Relations Network announces RFP for third round of the Small Company Innovation Program

The Michigan Corporate Relations Network (MCRN) is soliciting proposals for the third round of its Small Company Innovation Program (SCIP) awards. SCIP provides cost-sharing grants to small-to medium-sized companies for research projects at MCRN universities.

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. SCIP is one of several resources that MCRN offers to Michigan companies. In promoting university-industry collaboration, SCIP enhances innovation and growth for our state’s economy by making research affordable for small businesses. Additionally, SCIP helps to stimulate talent retention in Michigan by developing relationships between small companies and university graduate student researchers.

Individual SCIP projects are funded at matches of $20,000 to $40,000. Participating companies must supply a 1:1 match of funds, for a total project budget of $40,000 to $80,000. MCRN member universities will supply funds to cover all their indirect costs. The deadline to submit a proposal is May 1, 2013. For more information on SCIP, visit www.michigancrn.org/scip.

The Michigan Corporate Relations Network is a collaboration among six public universities working to connect small businesses with university resources that will help to drive innovation and commercialization – Wayne State University, the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Michigan Technological University, University of Michigan-Dearborn and Western Michigan University, funded by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. Vist www.michigancrn.org for information on all MCRN programs.

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