MTAC AgBio Award Applications

AgBio Full Award Application

MTRAC AgBio Full Award Proposals are due 5PM EST on Tuesday, November 20, 2020.

Applicant Notes:

  • Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact MTRAC program staff for preparation of their applications.
  • MSU FACULTY APPLICANTS ONLY: The required e-Transmittal should be sent through the regular process to OSP with an internal sponsor named “MSU-MTRAC.”
  • NON-MSU FACULTY APPLICANTS ONLY: Please contact Joseph Affholter (517.884.1824) or Weian Ou (517.884.1059) to review the Template Subcontract (PDF) before signing the MTRAC AgBio Requested Budget and Signature Page of your proposal.

Step 1: Download submission information (includes template)

Step 2: Download budget and signature form

Step 3: Review rubric for initial proposal evaluation

Final: Submit your MTRAC application online

For further information or questions regarding the application process, please contact Joseph Affholter (517.884.1824) or Weian Ou (517.884.1659).

Eligibility and Information:

  • Researchers will be able to apply for funding to help drive agriculture-related technology toward commercialization, including support for for prototype development, animal trials, scale-up studies, crop trials, and verification studies.
  • Projects must come from institutions of higher learning, hospitals & nonprofit research centers; Projects must have matching funds (see detail in RFP); Invention disclosure must be filed with institution of origin; Project must be translational research.
  • Projects involving already-licensed technologies are ineligible for MTRAC funding.
  • Concurrent Starter and Full proposals on the same topic are not allowed, the second proposal of same topic will not be accepted.
  • Researchers can apply for funding to help drive agriculture-related technology toward commercialization, including but not limited to support for prototype development, milestone setting, animal trials, scale-up studies, crop trials, and verification studies.
  • Awards range up to $100k direct cost.
  • Interested investigators are asked to schedule a pre-proposal idea consultation with the MTRAC Ag Bio program.
  • In all award applications, please use submission templates.

 

AgBio Starter Award Application

MTRAC AgBio Starter Award Proposals are due 5PM EST on Monday, Sept 14, 2020; and (Tentative: Feb 22, 2021).

Applicant Notes:

  • Starter grant awards are intended to provide enough data or other verification to facilitate the submission of a later Full award proposal, develop a proof of concept, or complete a short-term commercialization activity.
  • Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact MTRAC program staff for preparation of their applications.
  • MSU FACULTY APPLICANTS ONLY: The required e-Transmittal should be sent through the regular process to OSP with an internal sponsor named “MSU-MTRAC.”
  • NON-MSU FACULTY APPLICANTS ONLY: Please contact Joseph Affholter (517.884.1824) or Weian Ou (517.884.1059) to review the Template Subcontract (PDF) before signing the MTRAC AgBio Requested Budget and Signature Page of your proposal.

Step 1: Download submission information (includes template)

Step 2: Download budget and signature form

Step 3: Review rubric for initial proposal evaluation

Final: Submit your MTRAC application online

For further information or questions regarding the application process, please contact Joseph Affholter (517.884.1824) or Weian Ou (517.884.1659).

Eligibility and Information:

  • Researchers will be able to apply for funding to help drive agriculture-related technology toward commercialization, including support for prototype development, animal trials, scale-up studies, crop trials, and verification studies.
  • Projects must come from institutions of higher learning, hospitals & nonprofit research centers; Projects must have matching funds; Invention disclosure must be filed with institution of origin; Project must be translational research.
  • Projects involving already-licensed technologies are ineligible for MTRAC funding.
  • Concurrent Starter and Full proposals on the same topic are not allowed, the second proposal of same topic will not be accepted.
  • Researchers can apply for funding to help drive agriculture-related technology toward commercialization, including but not limited to support for prototype development, milestone setting, animal trials, scale-up studies, crop trials, and verification studies.
  • Awards range up to $25k direct cost.
  • Interested investigators are asked to schedule a pre-proposal idea consultation with the MTRAC Ag Bio program.
  • In all award applications, please use submission templates.

 

Ag&Bio MTRAC Oversight Committee

The Michigan Translational Research and Commercialization (MTRAC) Innovation Hub for AgBio translates research into the commercial market by way of a license or startup.

All grant funding decisions are made by an Oversight Committee including entrepreneurs, external industry and venture capital participants.

Grant funding decisions under the MTRAC program are made by a group of experts from various technical and commercial disciplines to the AgBio innovation marketplace.  While the members of the committee change over time, the composition of the includes at least 3 members from each of the following categories:

  • Academic RepresentativesThese representatives provide expertise related to some of the technical and innovation themes that are covered in the translational research proposals, as well as the nuances of university patent development, licensing and technology transfer.  At present, this includes, the Co-Principle Investigators on the MTRAC grant. This includes the Assistant VP for Research and Graduate Studies and the Executive Director or MSU Technologies. In addition, several senior research scientists with decades of experience in technology development also participate in the committee.
  • AgBio Venture Capital Investors and Startup Specialists
    These representatives provide insight and expertise into the market attractiveness and suitability of emerging translational technologies for the investor and startup marketplace. They provide important input and direction on the growth potential, competitiveness and challenges related to specific technologies and commercialization strategies under consideration. Current participants come from enterprises such as Cultivian Sandbox Ventures, The Yield Lab and a variety of AgBio startups.
  • Industry Representatives
    Industry participants on the MTRAC Oversight Committee play an important role in evaluating the competitiveness and license potential of technologies being considered for funding. They bring decades of relevant experience from a number of industries relevant to the AgBio marketplace.  Current committee members come from major enterprises such as BASF, Corteva, Marquis Energy and others.
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