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East Lansing, MI The Michigan Corporate Relations Network (MCRN) is soliciting proposals for the second round of its Small Company Innovation Program (SCIP) awards. SCIP provides cost-sharing grants to small-to medium-sized companies for research projects at MCRN universities.

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. SCIP is one of several resources that MCRN offers to Michigan companies. In promoting university-industry collaboration, SCIP enhances innovation and growth for our state’s economy by making research affordable for small businesses. Additionally, SCIP helps to stimulate talent retention in Michigan by developing relationships between small companies and university graduate student researchers.

Individual SCIP projects are funded at matches of $20,000 to $40,000. Participating companies must supply a 1:1 match of funds, for a total project budget of $40,000 to $80,000. MCRN member universities will supply funds to cover all their indirect costs. The deadline to submit a proposal is November 1, 2012. MCRN will host a webinar on Thursday, September 6 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. that will provide more details on SCIP’s Request for Proposals. For more information on SCIP and webinar registration, visit