MTRAC Innovation Hub for Advanced Computing

Michigan Translational Research and Commercialization computing mapThe mission of this program is to advance digital and computing technologies that address future, or poorly met market needs out of the labs and bring to the market.

Wayne State University was selected to manage and house the new statewide Michigan Translational Research and Commercialization (MTRAC) Advanced Computing Technologies Innovation Hub. The MTRAC program reinforces State of Michigan's Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF), the MEDC and WSU's commitment to use entrepreneurship as a catalyst for economic growth in the State and beyond. The program is open to all institutions of higher education, hospital systems, and non-profit research centers in the State of Michigan.

Researchers from any Michigan institutions of higher education, hospitals & nonprofit research centers can apply to the Advanced Computing Technologies Innovation Hub. Projects must have 1-to-1 matching funds from the applicant institution; invention disclosure must be filed with institution of origin; project must be translational research.

This hub is run by the WSU Technology Commercialization Office, and funded by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.

The Michigan Translational Research and Commercialization (MTRAC) Innovation Hub for Advanced Computing Technologies is a statewide program that funds translational research applications in the following technology channels:

Cognitive computing 

Artificial intelligence, machine learning, advanced analytics, data mining, natural language processing, robotic process automation.

Immersive technologies

Augmented reality, mixed reality, virtual reality.


Trusted Authentication, Disaster Recovery, Computer Forensics, Identity Managemen

Internet of things (IoT)

Smart Spaces, Sensors, Network Advancement.

Industry x.0

Advancements in digital convergence between cyber and physical systems.


Shared distributed ledger, traceability, trustless system. 

Next generation computing

Quantum, neuromorphic, edge, virtual systems, 5G.


In addition to the MTRAC Advanced Computing Technologies Innovation Hub, researchers may also apply to other MTRAC Innovation Hubs in Michigan:

*WSU researchers interested in applying to any of the state-wide MTRAC Innovation Hubs must contact the WSU Technology Commercialization Office at least 2 weeks prior to submission deadlines in order to give TCO staff ample time to review the technology/proposal to be considered for matching institutional support.  Please note that the various MTRAC Hubs operate on distinctive RFP/funding cycle timelines throughout the year.  

          Next MTRAC Life Science RFP deadline: October 12, 2023; Internal deadline: September 28, 2023

          Next KickStart Early-Stage Biomedical RFP deadline: November 1, 2023; Internal deadline: October 18, 2023

          Next MTRAC Advanced Transportation RFP deadline: February 29, 2024; Internal deadline: February 15, 2024

          Next MTRAC Advanced Applied Materials RFP deadline: TBD 2024; Internal deadline: TBD 2024

          Next MTRAC AgBio RFP deadline: November 17, 2023; Internal deadline: November 3, 2023