About MCubed


MCubed distributes real-time seed funding to multi-unit teams of faculty engaged in innovative research and scholarship, enabling them to keep pace with the rapid information flow of today’s dynamic research environment.  It allows faculty teams to address major social problems too complex for a single disciplinary approach—and to pursue experimental approaches that might be too unconventional to attract immediate support from more traditional funding mechanisms.  The program also includes high-visibility, campus-wide research symposia to showcase the cubes' results.

MCubed 1.0 Pilot Cycle (Currently Closed)

In 2012, MCubed launched the pilot cycle of MCubed.  Funding for the initial cycle was provided by the U-M Provost’s Office, Rackham Graduate School, all schools/colleges and faculty collaborators.  A total of 222 “cubes” (teams of 3 faculty partners from at least two units) formed and were each awarded $60,000 to conduct multidisciplinary research.  The pilot cycle closes on December 31, 2014.  To view cubes from the pilot cycle, go to Find Projects and use the "Filter Projects" box, selecting "Internal" under Type.  Hit search.

MCubed 2.0 (More Information Coming Soon)

In spring of 2015, MCubed will launch the second cycle of its internally funded cubing program.  As in the pilot cycle, three faculty from at least two different units across campus can form teams to engage in innovative research and scholarship through the MCubed program. $15,000 or $60,000 will be awarded to each team upon cubing.  MCubed 2.0 will be funded jointly by The Office of the Provost, U-M schools and colleges, and individual faculty collaborators.  Stay tuned for additional information.

Read press release, "MCubed Research-funding Experiment Renewed for Two Years."

MCubed Diamond Program 

The MCubed Diamond Program provides an unprecedented opportunity for donors to invest in research projects that align exactly with their interests, from global health to education, and sustainability to social justice.  Funders set the parameters for each project, interact with the University of Michigan to identify faculty experts to lead their project, and receive compelling updates about the work of the team through the MCubed website.

Learn more about the Diamond Program.