MTRAC ADVANCED TRANSPORTATION 

The Michigan Translational Research and Commercialization (MTRAC) Innovation Hub for Advanced Transportation funds research applications in advanced transportation materials, robotics and autonomy, sensors, electric vehicle drivetrain, propulsion, software, controls, data, and advanced manufacturing processes. The mission of this program is to advance transportation technologies that address future and, or poorly met market needs.

MONROE-BROWN BIOMEDICAL SEED FUND

With a $3M gift from the Monroe-Brown Foundation, the Monroe-Brown Seed Fund (M-B Seed Fund) awards $50-300K to biomedical startup companies with U-M licensed IP in the domain of therapeutics, devices, diagnostics, or health IT. The Fund serves to drive the university’s world-class leadership by creating a critical pipeline between research and the biomedical innovation life cycle. The goal is to attract world-class research talent to U-M and the broader Ann Arbor entrepreneurial ecosystem.

COULTER TRANSLATIONAL RESEARCH PROGRAM

U-M’s Coulter Translational Research Partnership Program funds 5-7 projects focused on generating a new medical device, surgical tool, diagnostic assay or other biomedical tool. Each project must involve a collaboration between U-M faculty from any college of engineering department and a practicing clinician from a clinical department. Projects are mentored by a team of industry experts to guide projects to the point of start-up, partnering with industry, and/or follow-on funding.

CUSTOMER DISCOVERY FUND

The Engineering Customer Discovery Fund is available to U-M College of Engineering faculty, researchers and PhD students who are looking to attend a commercialization training program focused on identifying a specific commercial market where the technology addresses a significant need. Teams will receive ~$2,000 to use toward travel and customer discovery expenses associated with the program. For more information, contact Divya Patil Hangargekar, dpatilha@umich.edu.