The Michigan State University Foundation is a non-profit research foundation associated with Michigan State University, the premier land grant university in the nation. The Foundation was formed in April of 1973 as an independent foundation focused on the mission of helping Michigan State University achieve its objectives around economic development through the commercialization of intellectual property created by its faculty, staff and students.
The MSU Foundation manages an endowment built from decades of licensing revenue. In addition to a providing trust services to MSU, the Foundation provides strategic research funding to MSU in close collaboration with the Office of the Provost and the Office of the Senior Vice President for Research and Innovation at MSU.
Additionally, the MSU Foundation operates three wholly owned subsidiary organizations focused on technology commercialization and economic development.
Our family of subsidiaries – Spartan Innovations, Red Cedar Ventures, and University Corporate Research Park (UCRP), are key partners in the Michigan State University Innovation Center along with MSU Business Connect and MSU Technologies.