Mcubed offers another platform for funding faculty research. The Mcubed Diamond Program provides an unprecedented opportunity for donors and companies to invest in research projects that align exactly with their interests. Deans can also use this mechanism to advance research in priority areas for their schools and colleges.
“Our hope with the innovative Mcubed Diamond Program was that deans and other funders on campus would also use the mechanism to help shape the research that is conducted in their units. The health sciences deans are leading the way and doing just that,” said Burns.
“The Health Sciences Council (HSC) members embrace Mcubed’s dedication to rich idea development among interdisciplinary investigators,” said Lynn Videka, dean of the UM School of Social Work and current chair of the HSC. “We’re delighted to partner with Mcubed in implementing the second round of IP-X research stimulus pilot grants.”
Interprofessional education has become vital in the health fields as the increasing complexities of health care delivery require a team approach, rather than siloed individual experts. Accordingly, a year ago the first IP-X research stimulus grants were awarded with funding from the HSC, a consortium of seven health schools—dentistry, kinesiology, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, public health and social work—and the U-M Provost.
Among the teams that received funding were researchers from medicine, pharmacy, social work, and nursing who joined forces to improve care for underserved patients; and a team from social work, nursing, and medicine that explored computer-assisted behavioral therapy for depressed dialysis patients.
Up to eight cubes will be funded this year focusing on interprofessional health practice and health educational outcomes. The three token holders in these cubes must come from:
- Ann Arbor - HSC schools
- Ann Arbor - College of Engineering
- Dearborn - College of Education, Health, & Human Services
- Flint - College of Health Sciences; School of Nursing
All other faculty in the Mcubed system are eligible and encouraged to participate in these projects as additional collaborators. Click here to view projects.