The Alcoa Foundation will provide a $50,000 grant to expand U-M's SMART (Sustainable Mobility and Accessibility Research and Transformation) program to encourage U-M students and faculty to identify and develop new business models, case studies and related research geared at accelerating development and tech transfer of new mobility solutions in Detroit, as well as in Beijing.

SMART, a university-wide initiative housed at UMTRI and the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, develops and applies integrated and practical solutions to the challenges of sustainable transportation in an increasingly complex and urbanizing world.

SMART is part of the Alcoa Foundation's $4 million Advancing Sustainability Research: Innovative Partnerships for Actionable Solutions initiative that funds 10 global sustainability research projects in Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Russia, and the United States.

The Alcoa Foundation will also provide a $15,000 grant to U-M's Revitalization and Business Initiative, which promotes Detroit's assets and engages students with important issues shaping the future.