Arsenal of Innovation


GVSC-Detroit Arsenal

The Ground Vehicle System Center is the nation’s laboratory for developing advanced military ground vehicle technologies, process integration expertise and system-of-systems engineering solutions for force projection technology, ground vehicle power and mobility, ground vehicle robotics, ground systems survivability and vehicle electronics and architecture.

Through its efforts, GVSC is improving current force effectiveness and providing superior capabilities for the future force.

Michigan: Automotive+Military=Success

Michigan is where the automotive industry got its start. Over 100 years later, it’s still the global center of commercial automotive and military vehicle technology. Locating in Michigan is an opportunity for your company to connect to the next generation of vehicle innovation, as well as leverage world-class research, manufacturing and technology assets.

Michigan is home to the greatest concentration of skilled and engineering talent in the world. This talent fuels nearly 23 percent of U.S. auto production and 63 of the top 100 North American auto suppliers. More than 14,000 manufacturing facilities, world-class R&D centers and universities, as well as advanced materials development centers, are found here. It’s also where the development and integration of intelligent connected vehicles is taking place.

We are proud of our automotive and national defense history and will continue to lead in its future. There is an ever growing amount of R&D opportunities within Michigan that we are excited to share. Check out the information below to see whats happening in the mitten!

MCITY—Ann Arbor, MI

Testing new technologies in a realistic off-roadway environment is an essential step before a significant number of highly automated vehicles can be deployed safely on actual roadways. Working with the Michigan Department of Transportation, University of Michigan researchers have designed Mcity, a unique test facility for evaluating the capabilities of connected and automated vehicles and systems.

Occupying 32 acres at the University’s North Campus Research Complex, Mcity simulates the broad range of complexities vehicles encounter in urban and suburban environments.

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LIFT is a Detroit-based, public-private partnership committed to the development and deployment of advanced lightweight metal manufacturing technologies for the aerospace, defense and transportation industries, as well as implementing education and training initiatives to better prepare the workforce today and in the future. LIFT members include industry, academia, government, and research institutions. Operated by the American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute (ALMMII), LIFT is one of the founding institutes in the National Network of Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI), and is funded in part by the Department of Defense with management through the Office of Naval Research. Visit to learn more.

University Research Corridor—SE Michigan

The University Research Corridor is an alliance of Michigan’s three leading research institutions: Michigan State University, the University of Michigan and Wayne State University. Each offers complete graduate and undergraduate education, as well as professional degrees in medicine, business and the law. Their research laboratories produce hundreds of patents each year and their hospitals develop innovative medical treatments that save lives.

The University Corridor’s vision is to unite and lead, playing a key role in creating a vibrant Michigan economy that leverages the intellectual capital of the three research universities. It’s also focused on educating the workforce and planting the seeds for the new industries of tomorrow.

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The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program is a highly competitive program that encourages domestic small businesses to engage in federal research and development that has the potential for commercialization.

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Through a competitive awards-based program, SBIR enables small businesses to explore their technological potential and provides the incentive to profit from its commercialization. By including qualified small businesses in the nation’s R&D arena, high-tech innovation is stimulated and the United States gains entrepreneurial spirit as it meets its specific research and development needs.

The mission of the SBIR program is to support scientific excellence and technological innovation through the investment of federal research funds in critical American priorities to build a strong national economy.

CAR—Ann Arbor, MI

The Center for Automotive Research (CAR) is involved in the research of significant issues that relate to the future direction of the global automotive industry. CAR, a nonprofit organization, is focused on a wide variety of important trends and changes related to the automobile industry and society at the international, federal, state and local levels.

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CAR’s automotive industry research is performed by distinct groups and programs. To fulfill its mission as an impartial voice of the industry, CAR maintains strong relationships with industry, government agencies, universities, research institutes, labor organizations, media, and other major participants in the international automotive community.