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Applications are now open for 2022 Projects!
Are you a community leader with innovative resiliency ideas? Want to partner with Michigan State University (MSU) to test it out and/or share? Are you researching a new model that addresses Michigan's critical challenges? Or, are you a professor with an idea for hands-on practicum implementation for your students? Read on...

The MSU U.S. EDA University Center for Regional Economic Innovation (REI) funds several types of projects: Co-Learning Projects, researched and written by professionals; Co-Implementation Plans, led by Innovation Fellows; and Student-Led, Faculty-guided Technical Assistance projects, researched and written by student teams at Michigan universities and colleges.

The 2022 applications will receive priority if they serve Asset-Limited/Income-Constrained Employed (ALICE) populations living within Redevelopment Ready Communities and/or opportunity zones. Projects are encouraged to focus on one of four foci areas, including: resiliency planning, financial resiliency, circular economies, or 21st-century communications infrastructure.

Within a specified foci area, projects should also identify one of eleven topical areas, including: housing, childcare, broadband, energy production, extended producer responsibility, incentive for transformative change, worker cooperative models, regional tax base sharing, employee ownership models, communities built for labor force, or public companies' quality reports. 

To learn more or to apply, click the image above or the button below. Applications for all projects are due Friday, December 10th, 2021.  For examples of past projects, click here. Questions? Please contact Mary ZumBrunnen at