Published article in Journal of Adolescent Health.
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The University of Michigan's Revolutionary Way of Funding Research
Mcubed stimulates innovative research and scholarship by distributing real-time seed funding to multi-unit, faculty-led teams.
Through this first-of-its-kind research funding program, faculty from at least two different campus units can form a collaborative trio, or “cube,” and request either $60K or $15K to advance their idea right away.
Housed in the University of Michigan Office of Research (UMOR), Mcubed is part of the Third Century Initiative, established by the president and provost. Building upon U-M's excellence and spirit of cooperation across disciplines, Mcubed makes great ideas go!
For the first time, Mcubed has distributed funding to faculty from all three University of Michigan campuses.
Since UM-Flint enlisted in Mcubed 3.0 last fall, U-M faculty can form collaborative trios, or “cubes,” across or within the Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Flint campuses. Faculty from all three sites have been mapped onto a common set of disciplinary units, and each cube must include at least two different units.
Through Mcubed’s unique token-based peer review process, the cube teams can secure $15,000 or $60,000 to advance their innovative research or scholarship right away.
Mcubed was launched as a grassroots effort by a team of faculty members to help catalyze innovative research projects without traditional peer review. The conventional grant review process often takes months and can prove too big a hurdle for a new team with a novel idea to clear.
As part of Mcubed, faculty from at least two different units can form a collaborative trio, or cube, and request either $15,000 or $60,000 to advance their idea right away.
Mcubed 3.0, which runs from 2018-2020 is now open! Requests for the second distribution of cubes must be complete by Wednesday, February 6th at 12 noon. For more information on how to form a cube, read here.
In the fall of 2018, faculty from U-M Ann Arbor, Dearborn, and Flint campuses will have the opportunity to form interdisciplinary teams and receive $60K or $15K to work on innovative research. President Schlissel announced the University's commitment to fund cubes for a third cycle--Mcubed 3.0--at Mcubed's 2017 Symposium on November 1st. Cube teams have reported achieving over $110M in external grant funding, hundreds of publications, presentations, and other scholarly/artistic works to-date.