MTRAC AgBio Innovation Hub

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The MSU Innovation Center and the Office of the Vice President for Research are proud to support the Michigan Translational Research and Commercialization (MTRAC) Innovation Hub for AgBio. Accelerating commercial development of AgBio projects and housed at MSU, the program expanded to statewide in 2016, as the MTRAC Innovation Hub for AgBio. This is the first in a series of specialized statewide commercialization programs with in-depth domain expertise in specific areas of research.

NOTE: In addition to applying for MTRAC AgBio funding, MSU researchers may also apply to other MTRAC Innovation Hubs in Michigan: 

For full program information, visit Michigan Translational Research and Commercialization (MTRAC) Innovation Hub for AgBio.

Contact Information

For further information or questions regarding the application process, please contact  program director, Joseph Affholter (517.884.1824) or program manager Weian Ou (517.884.1659). 

What is Translational Research?

Translational Research (TR) transitions scientific discoveries from the lab to commercial reality. TR is appropriate for significant innovations with commercial potential that are too early in the technical development cycle to be effectively commercialized.

In university research there can be a broad gap between successful scientific results and the point at which an innovation is sufficiently developed and de-risked for commercial development. This is the gap bridged by the MSU MTRAC AgBio Innovation Hub program.