Cube Incentive Programs

Cube Incentive Programs

Several groups offered incentives to cubes formed during the Mcubed 2.0 funding cycle around particular topics. Incentives included additional funding, office space, administrative support, materials, etc.  NOTE:  These cubes formed according to the regular Mcubed process but qualified for supplemental funding from the offices below.  Take a look at these opportunities!

Depression Center

The opportunity for matching funding is available to faculty members (any rank) of the University of Michigan.  At least one of the Mcubed team members must be a member of the Depression Center.  Those not currently members can review criteria for membership on the Depression Center website. Projects awarded funding must support research in the etiology, prevention or treatment of depression, bipolar, and related disorders.

The Depression Center will award matching funds up to a total amount of $23,000 for the next Mcubed phase. 

  • Up to two (2) awards in the amount of $7,800 for Classic Cubes will be awarded or
  • Up to eleven (11) awards in the amount of $1,950 for Mini Cubes will be awarded or
  • A combination of awards for Classic and Mini Cubes will be awarded.

Please submit the following to Dr. Patricia Deldin at

  • Mcubed project description
  • Resumes of all team members
  • Include an Email subject line:  LastNameofPI_MCubed_[date]

Deadline:  April 14, 2016, a week before the posted Mcubed deadline. If awardees of these matching funds are NOT cubed, Depression Center Funds will NOT be distributed. 

Attribution: The University of Michigan Depression Center must be recognized on all materials, including PowerPoint slides and journal articles, created as a result of this funding. An approved Depression Center logo will be provided to the award recipients.

Further Information: For any questions or information on the application process, please contact: Patricia Deldin, Ph.D. Associate Director, The University of Michigan Depression Center; Email:

Please click here for the full announcement from the Depression Center.

Graham Sustainability Institute

To help advance work on sustainability topics, the Graham Institute would like to encourage the formation of Mcubed Blocks. We define sustainability as encompassing solutions-driven scholarship and practice that seeks to safeguard the planet's life-support systems and enhance quality of life for present and future generations. It draws from multiple disciplines of the natural, social, engineering, design, and health sciences; from the professions and humanities; and from practical field experience in business, government, and civil society.

Support for Sustainability Blocks:

If at least three cubes (any combination of conventional or mini cubes) form a Mcubed Block, the Graham Institute may provide the following after discussion with the funded cubes:

  • $10,000 in additional unrestricted funds for the work of the block,
  • Office (one workspace per block) and conference space, and
  • Assistance with project facilitation and external stakeholder engagement.


At the end of activities, supported sustainability blocks will be required to submit a 2 page report of key outcomes and potential next steps to the Graham Institute. For additional information, contact John Callewaert, Integrated Assessment Director,, 734- 615-37652

For additional information on the Graham Institute incentives, click here

Mobility Transformation Center

The Mobility Transformation Center (MTC) is a public and private partnership that aims to research, develop, and deploy new mobility concepts through connected and automated vehicles. MTC is launching three living laboratories:  Connected Ann Arbor, Connected Southeastern Michigan, and Automated Ann Arbor.

These three living laboratories will ensure the University of Michigan creates and maintains world-leading research capabilities, technologies, policies, and platforms to serve society’s needs for future mobility.  Key MTC resources include (i) Mcity, a 32 acre test facility designed to enable connected and automated vehicle research and development; (ii) A fleet of thousands of connected vehicles and infrastructure already deployed in Ann Arbor, and (iii) Collections of field naturalistic driving data.

MTC is seeking cubes that have a near-term research focus on “beyond engineering” topics, e.g. legal and liability issues, societal impacts, business models, and public policy, related to connected and automated vehicle technologies.  MTC will provide supplemental support in the form of $10,000 in unrestricted funds for cube(s) that address the issues outlined above.  

Cube teams interested in submitting an idea should contact Vicki Waters, Collaboration Manager, at

U-M Bicentennial Office

The mission of the Bicentennial includes institutional deliberation and understanding as well as celebration and commemoration.  In order to foster well-grounded thinking and understanding of the University’s past and future, the Bicentennial will add funding to cubes and mini-cubes formed through the regular Mcubed 2.0 process, provided those cubes meet Bicentennial goals discussed below.

Teams interested in seeking supplemental Bicentennial funding for cubes should contact Gary Krenz, the director of Bicentennial planning, to discuss their ideas ( 

To be selected for Bicentennial support, cubes must treat one or more of the Bicentennial themes in a way likely to significantly enhance understanding of that theme with respect to the University of Michigan’s history, present, or future.  In addition, cubes must report out during the Bicentennial year in a manner supportive of the Bicentennial mission — e.g., through connection to particular Bicentennial festivals or other events and activities.  More information about mission, goals, and more can be found on the bicentennial website,, or by contacting the Bicentennial Office.

Cubes accepted by the Bicentennial and its Grants Working Group will receive supplemental funding from the Bicentennial, to be used in support of the project. Classic cubes will receive $6000 in funding and Mini-Cubes will receive $1500 from the Bicentennial Office, over and above the regular amounts for cubes.  In addition, the Bicentennial Office will promote information about the projects, as “branded” Bicentennial activities, through various means.

Bicentennial Themes:

The University of Michigan story is the story of an institution and community of faculty, staff and students inventing and re-inventing itself.  Michigan’s legacy is that of a pioneering institution that has played a central role in shaping the modern American university and the modern order of knowledge.  It is an institution of many accomplishments — and of wrestling with many challenges along the way.  The challenges facing Michigan and universities today are no less great than those of the past, and as we look to enter our third century, we seek to better understand our past as a way of grounding a strong future.  We want the Bicentennial to illuminate the following themes:

  • Serving People: The Public University 
  • Pursuing Ideas: The Research University 
  • Creating and Inventing: The Creative University 
  • Teaching Powerfully: The Intellectual University 
  • Challenging Society: The Activist University 
  • Forever Hailing: The Spirited University 

For the complete description of Bicentennial Themes, click here