Programs and Resources
The MSU Innovation Center and the Office of the Vice President for Research are proud to support the Michigan Translational Research and Commercialization (MTRAC) Innovation Hub for AgBio, co-funded by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) through the Michigan Strategic Fund.
Accelerating commercial development of AgBio projects and housed at MSU, the program expanded to statewide in 2016, as the MTRAC Innovation Hub for AgBio. This is the first in a series of specialized statewide commercialization programs with in-depth domain expertise in specific areas of research. Eligible MTRAC AgBio research relates to food, fuel & fiber, either as inputs or outputs. This includes bio-derived/bio-based materials, natural resources and animal health.
Projects will have shown promise in the laboratory but need further development to become successful in a competitive market. The goal of the MTRAC program is to translate research into the commercial market by way of a license or startup.
Translational Research is appropriate for significant innovations with commercial potential that are too early in the technical development cycle to be effectively commercialized.
The Michigan Translational Research and Commercialization (MTRAC) Innovation Hub for AgBio translates research into the commercial market by way of a license or startup.
The MSU Innovation Center is proud to manage and administer the University Early Stage Proof-of-Concept Fund known hereafter as the ADVANCE Grant Program.
The Targeted Support Grant for Technology Development provides funding for the enhancement, optimization and/or other development of selected technologies.
MTRAC AgBio Innovation Challenge
A first of its kind competition designed to match the fitness of emerging technologies to validated, near-term market applications.
Questions not answered above? Please contact MSU MTRAC Program Director Joseph Affholter, MSU MTRAC Program Manager Weian Ou, email MTRAC@msu.edu or call 517.884.1659. To learn more about the Advance Grant, contact Ann Spalding at email@example.com.