Massey Foundation Traumatic Brain Injury Fund

Every year, the Massey Foundation and U-M’s Michigan Center for Integrative Research in Critical Care (MCIRCC) hold the Massey Foundation Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Grand Challenge. The event supports high-impact proposals by funding milestone-driven research over a 12-month timeframe.

Up to $600,000 is available to fund the development of diagnostic, device, therapeutic, or health IT solutions that address the initial “golden hours” of care after severe TBI (generally the first 48 hours). Treatment administered during this critical timeframe can determine patient survival and have a significant effect on long-term function and disability.

The Grand Challenge is made possible thanks to a generous gift from the Joyce and Don Massey Family Foundation.

Massey Foundation TBI Grand Challenge
Friday, February 17, 2017
North Campus Research Complex
2800 Plymouth Rd.
Building 18, Dining Hall
CLICK HERE for more information and to register

Competition Information

  • The goal is to accelerate impact at the bedside—basic discovery phase projects will not be funded.
  • Integrative collaboration across disciplines is encouraged—proposals submitted by co-PIs from across disciplines will be given first consideration for funding.
  • All funded projects will be assigned project mentors to assist in executing their milestone-drive research plans.
  • Projects involving potential product development will also receive specialized commercialization mentorship, utilizing the “lean business model” tool and techniques.

Collaborating with the Department of Defense

Department of Defense (DOD) service members and families represent the largest U.S. population suffering from the impact of TBI. Working with the Michigan Center for Integrative Research in Critical Care, the DOD will bring expertise and resources to help accelerate the movement of translational research outputs into the field.

DOD Neurotrauma Leadership will assist in reviewing and selecting proposals for funding.

Funded projects that drive toward proof of concept and human testing have the potential to receive follow-on funding from the DOD for solutions, therapies and products that can be used by DOD medics in the field.


Have questions about the Massey TBI Grand Challenge Fund? Contact Bria Wiltshire at or 734-764-9382.