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MCubed hosts 2017 symposium

Francis Collins, the director of the National Institutes of Health, was the keynote speaker.| Short Read
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IMAGE:  Dr. Francis Collins, Director of National Institutes of Health, was the keynote speaker at the MCubed Symposium.

MCubed hosted its third symposium on Wednesday, November 1. Francis Collins, the director of the National Institutes of Health, was the keynote speaker. MCubed, created in 2012, provides researchers with rapid seed funding so they can quickly start work on innovative research.

The MCubed interdisciplinary research teams are “cubes” of three professors who represent at least two different disciplines.  Many of the teams are able to find more substantial funding from the government and other outside groups based on the early research completed with the help of this seed grant.

President Mark Schlissel announced that the third cycle of MCubed will open for funding in fall 2018. In this next cycle, UM-Flint will join U-M’s Ann Arbor campus and UM-Dearborn. Mark Burns, T.C. Chang Professor of Engineering from the Department of Chemical Engineering, is the Executive Director and co-founder of MCubed.

 

Stories about the symposium and MCubed:

http://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/index.ssf/2017/10/nih_director_to_discuss_resear.html

http://record.umich.edu/articles/nih-chief-discusses-research-funding-trends-role-mcubed

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