Michigan Corporate Relations Network Announces RFP for Small Company Innovation Program

The Michigan Corporate Relations Network (MCRN) is soliciting proposals for its Small Company Innovation Program (SCIP).  The SCIP will provide cost-sharing grants to foster collaboration between MCRN universities and small-to medium-size companies on research projects for new commercial products or services.

The six universities that make up MCRN are Wayne State University, the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Michigan Technological University, University of Michigan-Dearborn, and Western Michigan University. Each member university maintains an office that connects businesses to university resources and faculty that can assist research needs. Companies interested in applying for the SCIP will be paired with the appropriate faculty principal investigator (PI) to outline a project and submit a proposal.

The resulting collaboration will give small companies the opportunity to meet research needs that may not otherwise be affordable. The SCIP will also stimulate talent retention in Michigan by creating relationships between small companies and university graduate student researchers.

Individual SCIP projects are funded at $20,000 to $40,000 and require one-to-one matching funds from the sponsoring company. MCRN member universities will supply funds to cover all their indirect costs. Additional information is available at www.michigancrn.org/scip. The deadline to submit a proposal is May 1, 2012.


Paul Krutko Appointed New CEO and President, Ann Arbor SPARK

Paul Krutko, Ann Arbor SPARK's new CEO, President
Paul Krutko, Ann Arbor SPARK's new CEO, President

Paul Krutko has been selected as the new president and CEO of Ann Arbor SPARK. Krutko will join the organization on April 18 and will oversee continued efforts to expand economic opportunities in the Ann Arbor region through collaboration with local, state, federal and university resources.

Krutko brings over 31 years of economic and business development expertise to Ann Arbor SPARK. Recently, Krutko led San Jose’s economic development efforts.  He has also worked for the cities of Cleveland and Jacksonville.

“Over the last nine years, I’ve worked in the heart of Silicon Valley, one of the most innovative places in the world,” Krutko said. “The opportunity to come back home to the Midwest and join an organization that’s becoming known across the country for its work in changing Southeast Michigan’s economic destiny, is exciting.”