About the MSU Foundation

About the Foundation

Established in 1973, the Michigan State University Foundation fuels economic development initiatives through the commercialization of cutting-edge technologies invented by Michigan State University’s faculty, staff, and students. At its core is an extensive program focused on supporting research, invention, and entrepreneurship.

Areas of focus also include:

  • Granting funds to advance research and the University’s scholarly infrastructure of teaching and dissemination of new knowledge;
  • Developing, scaling, and derisking biobased technologies, through MBI, a wholly-owned subsidiary;
  • Fostering creation of startup enterprises originating from MSU, through Spartan Innovations;
  • Providing facilities and building sites at the University Corporate Research Park for technology enterprises, University technology-development initiatives, and University/industry collaborations.


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