MCubed is U-M’s revolutionary new way of funding research. The program creates a new pathway for U-M faculty to pursue groundbreaking, interdisciplinary research that has a major societal impact. As an alternative to the traditional year-long government grant review process, the program intends to minimize the time between idea conception and successful research results by providing immediate startup funds. A campus-wide research symposium then showcases this groundbreaking research. Six key characteristics define MCubed and the research it supports:
- Multidisciplinary – Taking advantage of U-M’s excellence across breadth.
- Collaborative – Three researchers from at least two different colleges/schools form a team.
- Unreviewed – No formal review; peers approve projects by agreeing to “cube” their tokens.
- Bold – Drives risk-taking in innovative and interdisciplinary research.
- Exciting – Research results are communicated in high-profile, campus-wide symposia.
- Distributed – Principal investigators, units, the Provost, Rackham and OVPR all fund the program.