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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 of 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!

439 cubes funded
$33M brought in by cubes

MCubed Jumpstarts Early Faculty Careers

Cube engineers physical activity back into kids' lives!

Whether investigating childhood obesity, hydraulic fracturing, or thin film topological insulators, early career faculty at the University of Michigan are among the talented innovators using MCubed seed funding as a launch point for their research portfolios. This blog is part one of a three-part series exploring the successes of early career faculty who joined cubes during the first cycle of MCubed (2012-2014).

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