Small Company Innovation Program

Evaluates skill-sets, processes, products, and initiatives of existing companies and searches Michigan’s 15 public universities for technologies and resources to support their objectives.


About the Small Company Innovation Program (SCIP)

The Michigan Corporate Relations Network (MCRN) Small Company Innovation Program (SCIP), funded by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), provides 1:1 matching funds up to $40,000 to Michigan small businesses to help cover the cost of conducting a research project at any Michigan public university. Universities waive indirect costs for all research projects.

The program is intended to help companies overcome a common challenge faced by small companies and entrepreneurs—getting research and development 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 have the connections nor be able to afford the cost of conducting research and development at a university. The program aims to introduce companies to the benefits of working with a university to increase the number of university/industry collaborations across the state, and to accelerate a company’s positive economic impact.

Examples of SCIP matches include:

  1. Research, development​ and deployment ​of flexible electronics technology ​with Western Michigan University Center for Advancement of Printed Electronics
  2. Michigan Tech University professor doing ​research on a new building material to validate it’s ability to certify in the target market​
  3. ​Research ​at the Michigan State University sleep lab to validate the effectiveness of​ new technologies
  4. Research and development​ of ​a medical device through the Wayne State University Smart Sensors and Integrated Microsystems (SSIM) Program
  5. Utilization of the University of Michigan Lurie Nanofabrication Laboratory to develop a sensor for high tech applications
  6. Development​ of a ​manufacture-ready prototype with the Product Development Division at Lake Superior State University
  7. Research the effectiveness of a patient care system at Wayne State University Nursing School
  8. Development of a new manufacturing process at Saginaw Valley State University​
Clients Assessed
Projects Undertaken
New Fulltime Jobs Created
Millions in External Funding

SCIP Staff

Steven Wilson
Steven Wilson Principal Investigator
Mary McCardwell Project Manager
Stephanie Ludwig

SCIP is sponsored by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC).

SCIP is supported by the Michigan Corporate Relations Network (MCRN), a statewide university network, to create partnerships that connect Michigan’s corporations to critical university assets to promote innovative research and grow Michigan’s economy. Projects may be conducted at any Michigan public university.