Michigan Center for Freshwater Innovation (MCFI)

The State of Michigan, Michigan, USA

The Michigan Center for Freshwater Innovation (MCFI) is a partnership between the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Wayne State University, the Great Lakes Water Authority and a number of other regional water stakeholders. The MCFI leverages Michigan's broad research and education capacity to collaborate with a diverse array of stakeholders to address freshwater grand challenges facing the region and accelerate the translation of innovation into practice, thereby driving business growth and job creation.

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