Within the University of Michigan there are multiple sources of funding to further develop a technology. Projects typically can be funded up to $150K per year. These programs help “translate” basic research.
MTRAC Life Sciences Fund provides translational research awards for promising life science projects for faculty within the Medical School.
MTRAC Transportation Fund provides translational research awards for promising transportation projects for faculty from the College of Engineering, UMTRI, and U-M Dearborn.
The Engineering Translational Research Fund encourages faculty within the College of Engineering to attend a customer discovery based program, provides the funds to enable them to do so, and ensures future commercialization funding success for either internal or external university programs including SBIR/STTR grants, MTRAC, and Coulter.
Coulter Foundation Translational Research Fund supports collaborative translational research projects that involve co-investigators from the Department of Biomedical Engineering and a clinical investigator. This fund typically funds projects up to $100,000 for each project annually.
Center for the Discovery of New Medicines (CDNM) is a virtual organization devoted to identifying, funding and mentoring projects in drug discovery across the U-M campus. This mission and scope is made possible by funding from the Office of the Provost, the College of Pharmacy, the Life Sciences Institute, the Comprehensive Cancer Center, the Department of Internal Medicine, the Department of Pathology, and the Endowment for the Basic Sciences in the Medical School.
Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research (MICHR) Pilot Grant Program seeks proposals from basic, clinical and social scientists for bench to bedside, and bedside to practice translational research. The goal is to promote development of novel solutions that will ultimately improve patient and community health outcomes. In addition to clinical and translational research, they welcome proposals for studies on health services, health outcomes, or health policy that inform practice, development, and testing of new hypotheses or interventions, and proposals relevant to developing new methods or best practices. The grant awards $50,000 to $250,000 maximum, per project, depending on the stage of development.
U-M Office of Research (UMOR) Faculty Grants and Awards offers support for research, scholarship, and creative activities in all fields.
Med School Michigan Center for Therapeutic Innovations (MCTI) offers a five-year, $2.5 million fund created to accelerate the discovery and translation of therapeutic candidates at the University of Michigan.