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Innovation Hub for Advanced Transportation

At a time when we see rapid transformation in how we use transportation, the Michigan Translational Research and Commercialization (MTRAC) Innovation Hub for Advanced Transportation is positioned to catalyze the continued development of transportation technology in today’s world. MTRAC is a statewide program that funds projects which commercialize university research into products or services that shape the future of transportation technology or address poorly met transportation market needs. 

This 1-year program accelerates the transition of university research ideas to real-world products and applications in the transportation space by providing up to $100K in funding and access to industry mentors. The program reinforces State of Michigan’s Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF), the MEDC and U-M’s commitment to use entrepreneurship as a catalyst for economic growth in the State and beyond.

It is open to researchers in institutions of higher education as well as non-profit research centers in the State of Michigan. This hub is jointly run by the U-M Center for Entrepreneurship and U-M Office of Technology Transfer in partnership with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. Funding decisions are made by an external oversight committee consisting of investors, industry personnel and innovation partners. 

Focus areas include but are not limited to: 

  • Mobility solutions
  • Advanced materials
  • Robotics and autonomy
  • Sensors 
  • Electric vehicle drivetrain / propulsion
  • Software / controls / data
  • Advanced manufacturing processes



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