IRWG Mcubed Research Incentive

blue square with IRWG and Mcubed logos
blue square with IRWG and Mcubed logos

A new research incentive from the Institute for Research on Women and Gender (IRWG) and Mcubed seeks to build upon scholarship and research collaborations that explore topics of gender, race, and sexuality. Director Anna Kirkland explains the genesis of this incentive: "At IRWG we know many researchers across the UM campuses are curious about the gender implications of their work. For example, maybe they track gender as a variable but want to understand it qualitatively as well, or they capture it in the present but want to see it historically or across cultural settings. Mcubed offers researchers the start-up funding they need to launch new ideas and expand their collaborations. We partnered with Mcubed because questions about gender are everywhere, and we can help existing cubes of scholars reach those questions."

Through this incentive, IRWG is offering Mcubed faculty collaborators additional funding to expand their research project (up to $10,000) as well as administrative support and community-building resources. These additional resources could include central campus office access, meeting and event space, help with scheduling, event planning, and promotion, and access to IRWG’s Expert Advisory Panels (150+ faculty affiliates from a wide array of fields and expertise) available to review proposals, generate feedback, and make connections across disciplines.

IRWG is specifically seeking interdisciplinary projects about women, gender, or sexuality that are not currently funded by existing IRWG programs or projects that could benefit from adding a perspective on gender, women, or sexuality but where additional expertise is required. Researchers who are interested in becoming active in IRWG’s network of faculty researchers through event planning, research meetings, hosting guest speakers, or other similar interaction are also encouraged to apply. 

Teams that received Mcubed funding in any Mcubed cycle - 1.0, 2.0 and 3.0 - are eligible. Proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis through September 25, 2019.

Additional information, including application requirements and information on how to apply can be found at

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