Established in 1973 as an independent non-profit corporation, the Michigan State University Foundation serves as a flexible and ongoing resource, responsive to the University’s strategic needs.  At its core is an extensive program supporting research, teaching, and commercialization of technologies.

 

Areas of focus include:

  • Granting funds to advance research and the University’s scholarly infrastructure of teaching and dissemination of new knowledge,
  • Underwriting MSU’s work in technology commercialization,
  • Developing, scaling and de-risking bio-based technologies through MBI International, a wholly-owned Foundation subsidiary,
  • Fostering creation of startup enterprises originating from MSU through the Foundation's Spartan Innovations subsidiary, and
  • Providing facilities and building sites at the University Corporate Research Park for technology enterprises, University technology-development initiatives, and University/industry collaborations.

 

In addition, the Foundation has a longstanding role as fiduciary and trustee for charitable annuities, trusts, and gifts of property on behalf of the University.

 
The Michigan State University Foundation serves as a flexible and ongoing resource, responsive to the University’s strategic needs.