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Ten SPH faculty among the MCubed-funded project teams
November 30, 2012
Fifty teams won a lottery for research funding on Wednesday through U-M's new innovative seed grant program MCubed, and ten School of Public Health faculty were among the winning team participants. Each winning team received $60,000 in research funding.
MCubed is a $15 million pilot program designed to jumpstart innovative, interdisciplinary work. To qualify for funding, three researchers from at least two disciplines must agree to team up to pursue a new project. A formal review isn't part of the process. The grassroots venture will launch 250 projects over the next two years.
"I am particularly pleased to point out that seven of the 50 funded cubes involve ten SPH faculty, representing all five of the School of Public Health's academic departments," said Al Franzblau, professor of environmental health sciences and associate dean for research at the School of Public Health.
SPH participation for the first round of MCubed research team awards:
Usability and Impact of Health Care Price Transparency Tools
Optimizing Resource Allocation across Multiple Interventions for Cost-effective Malaria Prevention and Control
School Siting: Environmental Justice, Health, and Law
Adoption and Use of Information Technology to Improve Hospital Performance
The Physical Environment of Post-industrial Cities and Well-being of Their Inhabitants
Extracellular Matrix (ECM) Turnover in Chronic GVHD
In this first round of funding, the MCubed executive committee semi-randomly picked 50 of the 127 teams that submitted ideas. The process was semi-random, rather than completely random, because the committee wanted to ensure that each school, college and unit was represented in the project.
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