U-M Fast Forward GI Innovation Fund

The U-M Fast Forward Gastrointestinal (GI) Innovation Fund is a three-year, $500,000+ fund supported by a donation from entrepreneur alumna Mary Petrovich and matched by the U-M Medical School’s Department of Internal Medicine and its Division of Gastroenterology, as well as the College of Engineering, where Ms. Petrovich received her undergraduate degree. The three-year program, which began in 2016, targets discovery and development of future technologies to help patients suffering from gastrointestinal disease.

U-M Fast Forward GI Innovation Fund Request for Proposals Now Available!

The U-M Fast Forward GI Innovation Fund supports early-stage research and commercialization activities such as those related to technology validation and establishing proof-of-concept, including pilot funding support for preliminary studies or development activities that will lead to broader GI product applications. Importantly the fund seeks to engage interdisciplinary teams of researchers that leverage ideas and technologies across medicine, engineering, public health and other key units engaged in biomedical research.

Two tiers of funding are available:

Tier I Awards

$25-$50K funding projects that address a discrete milestone that is critical to the advancement of research to the point of product development.
CLICK HERE to submit a proposal.

Tier II Awards

$75-$100K funding projects with specific milestones for proof-of-concept and later-stage translational studies. (ranges are estimates and actual funding levels will be project-specific) The FFMI team has assembled a GI Fund Advisory Board of faculty, industry, and commercialization experts who review proposals and provide mentorship for the funded teams.
CLICK HERE to submit a proposal.


April 7, 2017: Pre-submission application and consultation with FFMI team members (Optional for Tier I, but highly recommended)

April 10, 2017: Proposal submission (via Competition Space)


2016 GI Fund Winners

Shail Govani, M.D. and Akbar Waljee, M.D.
Spray Cap for Chromoendoscopy

Peter Higgins, M.D., Ph.D., M.Sc.
Antifibrotic Therapy for Crohn’s Disease

Muneesh Tewari, M.D., Ph.D., and Nils Walter, Ph.D.
A New Technology for Single Molecule Counting of Stool Mutant DNA Biomarkers for Colorectal Cancer

Meredith Barrett, M.D., Jonathan Luntz, B.S., M.S., Ph.D., and Ronald Hirschl, M.D.
Michigan ENdoluminal Distraction (MEND) Device: A Minimally Invasive Cure for Short Bowel Syndrome


Have questions about the U-M Fast Forward GI Innovation Fund? Contact Visha Krishnan, FFMI Senior Business Analyst, at kvisha@umich.edu or 734-764-2891.