MTRAC Funding

The MTRAC Program accelerates the transfer of new technologies from Michigan’s institutions of higher learning into the commercial market by way of licenses or startups. Funding supports entrepreneurship, innovation and economic growth across several innovation hubs.  Explore the different hubs below to learn about proposal eligibility, funding amounts, application cycles and more.  Contact your Research Program Officer if you have questions. 

Innovation Hubs

Advanced Computing

via Wayne State University Innovation Hub
Lab-to-Market Acceleration of Digital and Computing Innovations
RFP open through August 31

Advanced Materials

via Michigan Technological University Innovation Hub
Materials-based technologies that address poorly met market needs into commercial development
RFP typically open January through March

Advanced Transportation

via University of Michigan Innovation Hub
Funding research applications in advanced transportation materials, robotics and autonomy, sensors, electric vehicle drivetrain, propulsion, software, controls, data, and advanced manufacturing processes
RFP typically open January through March


via Michigan State University Innovation Hub
Agriculture, biomaterials and industrial (i.e. non-medical) biotechnology
RFP forthcoming for innovation challenge

Life Sciences 

via University of Michigan Innovation Hub
Positively impacting human health
RFP open through August 2