Millions of dollars in seed grants for bold, boundary-crossing work is available to faculty members as U-M launches the third round of Mcubed, a unique funding program that has more than tripled its investment since it launched in 2012.
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.