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Small Company Innovation Program
The Small Company Innovation Program (SCIP) 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 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 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. Download full SCIP description.
A small company can apply to be a part of SCIP 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).
Find a university business engagement office and get connected to a research team.
Apply today using the online submission portal. Complete applications must include a Project Funding Request. Download instructions for completing the Project Funding Request. The next application deadline is September 27, 2013.
Visit the FAQ page to see if your question has already been answered.
For more information download and view the SCIP Request For Proposals Informational Webinar from September 6, 2012 by clicking here.
Project related questions should be directed to the appropriate university business engagement office.
Application procedure questions should be directed to:
Kristin Jobin, Communications and Project Coordinator
Kuntzsch Business Services
The next application deadline is September 27, 2013
If SCIP is not a fit for your company, you can find other business support programs using this list.