• Mcubed 3.0 Open Fall of 2018

    Get ready to hatch your next great idea!

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!

487 cubes funded
$110M brought in by cubes

Dr. Francis Collins, NIH, delivered inspiring Mcubed Symposium keynote address

NIH chief discusses research funding trends, role of Mcubed

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. "The good news is we hit the bottom and things have started to move up in the right direction," said Collins, a former Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator at U-M.

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