About MSU Foundation
The Michigan State University Foundation is a non-profit research foundation committed to serving Michigan State University’s strategic needs and beyond. As the premier land grant university in the nation, MSU and MSU Foundation work closely together in ensuring community and economic success.
Established in 1973, the MSU Foundation was created to advance MSU by supporting research, technology commercialization through new venture creation, gap funding and pre-seed venture investing, and placemaking through the University Health Park, the VanCamp Incubator and other strategic real estate assets.
Our mission is to connect cutting-edge researchers with the venture creation process. By bridging this gap, our team helps inventors thrive. Ideas become a reality with the support of our programs, investment, spaces, and community.
MSU Foundation History
Founded by Dr. Clifton Wharton in 1973, the Michigan State University Foundation was organized to provide assistance to scientific investigation and research at MSU.
Barnett Rosenberg and Loretta VanCamp were crucial to the research and the discovery of cisplatin – the life-saving, cancer drug. The discovery was an essential piece of MSU and MSU Foundation’s history, generating $300M+ in royalties—resources eventually deposited within the MSU Foundation.
University Corporate Research Park opens in the summer of 1989. Linking the corporate and academic, the sprawling 113-acre site provides an opportunity for faculty to interact with their counterparts in private industry, an opportunity indispensable to recruiting and retaining first-rate faculty.
In December of 2018, McLaren Greater Lansing and Michigan State University broke ground on a collaboration to redesign and elevate health care.