At Mcity, U-M faculty and researchers, as well as graduate and undergraduate students from a range of academic disciplines, help shape the future of mobility.


Research. Collaboration. Education.

Research is a priority. Mcity funds technology projects, but our interests extend well beyond the technical. We engage with faculty across campus: architecture and urban planning, business, law, public health, public policy, the social sciences, and more. Part of our mission is to educate and train U-M students who will be leaders in the emergence of 21st century mobility systems.

Michigander Scholars Program

The University of Michigan is partnering with the Michigan Economic Development Corp. to foster hiring in the electric vehicle and mobility industries by providing companies with direct access to engineering students. Michigan State University and Michigan Technological University are involved in the pilot program as well.

Michigander Scholars receive scholarships of $5,000 if they are hired as an intern by a participating company, and $10,000 if hired for a full-time position.

Learn More and Apply




Matching Students with Startups

Perot Jain TechLab at Mcity provides students an opportunity to participate in sponsored company projects, giving them experience in developing cutting edge technology at early-stage companies in the connected and automated vehicle industry. The TechLab course offered by Michigan Engineering operates as an independent study, providing students a unique opportunity to explore coursework outside of a dedicated Michigan Engineering program and work with peers, colleagues, and faculty across multiple disciplines. Perot Jain TechLab is managed by Michigan Engineering’s Center for Entrepreneurship, in partnership with Mcity.

TechLab opportunities are also available to work on electric vehicle projects and climate change solutions.

Applications are open through Oct. 8, 2023 for 2024 student cohorts. Apply now!

Apply for Perot Jain TechLab at Mcity, Winter 2023

Apply for Perot Jain TechLab Electrification, Winter 2023

Apply for Perot Jain TechLab Climate Change, Winter 2023


Mcity Open Roads Fund

The U-M College of Engineering has established the Mcity Open Roads Fund to help remove cost barriers faced by U-M faculty and students who want to use Mcity facilities in their research but do not have a funding sponsor.

The Open Roads Fund would subsidize 90% of the cost of using Mcity resources, such as the Mcity Test Facility and all of its features; the current rate for U-M faculty is about $2,400 per day. Or researchers might want to use a vehicle from Mcity’s Open CAV Fleet of open-source connected and automated research vehicles; the rate isĀ about $400 per vehicle.

These resources typically operate on a recharge model, which means operating costs are divided into user fees annually. User rates are then set based on the previous year’s operating budget. All users at U-M pay the same rate for access.

For sponsored research projects, these fees can be incorporated into the cost planning process and are readily accounted for. But for more ad-hoc experimentation, proof-of-concept work ahead of a larger project, and for educational use, these costs can be a barrier.

Funding is available on a first-come, first served basis.

Guidelines for Use

  • Self-funded research or educational use only; not for use with industry/government-sponsored research
  • Maximum of five days per principal investigator (PI) or team, per year for Mcity Test Facility
  • Researchers agree to submit a short summary of the testing value following use of Mcity facilities, which can be made public.


WHO is eligible? U-M College of Engineering faculty and student teams

WHAT is covered? 90% subsidy of cost to use Mcity Test Facility or an Mcity research vehicle

WHAT use is eligible? Self-funded research, educational use

HOW to apply? Click button below to email request to Mcity

Apply for Open Roads Funding



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Research Opportunities for Faculty

Mcity periodically announces a request for research proposals. Click below to receive email notification about future RFPs.

Research Opportunity Notifications

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