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Small Company Innovation Program/Technology and Commercialization Assistance
The Small Company Innovation Program (SCIP)/Technology and Commercialization Assistance (TCA) provides matching funds to Michigan small businesses to help cover the cost of conducting a research project at a university within MCRN. The program is intended to help companies overcome a common challenge faced by small companies and entrepreneurs – getting research 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 be able to afford the cost of conducting research at a university. SCIP/TCA provides matching funds to help cover the cost of university research projects that will help a small company meet its development goals. The program aims to introduce companies to the benefits of working with a university and to increase the number of university/industry collaborations across the state. To get started, download the SCIP/TCA guidelines.
A small company can apply to be a part of SCIP/TCA along with a researcher(s) from a university in MCRN. The industry/university partnership designs a research project that will be conducted at the university. SCIP matches the company’s funds and universities pay for their own overhead costs. The company must provide the matching funds and then the grant funds will be released to the university researcher(s).
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Project related questions should be directed to the appropriate university business engagement office.
Application procedure questions should be directed to: