These are exciting times for biomedical research funding, National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins told faculty members and students Wednesday at the 2017 MCubed Symposium.
A downward trend in NIH's federal funding that began around 2003 and hit a low point in 2013 has turned around in recent years.
A five-year, $30 million investment into bold research and scholarship from the University of Michigan and its faculty members has tripled into a return of nearly $100 million in follow-on funding.
University of Michigan faculty from the Ann Arbor and Dearborn campuses can now request seed funding for cross-campus research teams through MCubed.
A doctor asked the overarching question of why kids die in the intensive care unit.
It occurred to him there wasn't a quick way to check their immune systems. Today's tests can take more than 24 hours. If a child is suffering from sepsis — an overwhelming inflammatory response to infection — the wait could be deadly.
Sustainability incentive program
MCubed, the university's one-of-a-kind funding program designed to spark innovative research without traditional peer review, will be renewed for another two-year cycle.
With more than $1 million in gifts, a new phase of the MCubed research-funding program will open this month, broadening the scope of U-M’s unique initiative to advance bold work that crosses traditional academic boundaries.
Hundreds of people from far-flung corners of U-M gathered Friday for the inaugural MCubed conference, a celebration of the seed grant program’s first funding year and a showcase of the 200-plus projects it’s making possible.
Anyone with a big idea or a stubborn problem to solve can soon have a direct line to professors and researchers at the University of Michigan.
More than 200 pilot projects born of bold ideas and unlikely collaborations will be on display next Friday at a symposium to mark the first funding anniversary of MCubed, the university’s one-of-a-kind seed grant experiment.