IP-X Questions and Answers (2018)

See below for clarifications and answers to frequently asked questions about the current IP-X Research Stimulus grant program on Mcubed Diamond platform at the University of Michigan. Q/As were updated on Dec. 3, 2018.

Q: Is the deadline for either of these funding programs approaching soon?
A: Yes, the Mcubed commenting period for the $15k grants focused on the impact of IPE on students closes Fri. Dec. 14! (This deadline does NOT apply to the $60K IP-X Health Sciences Council grants on the impact of interprofessional health care on cost, quality of care, and disease management.)

Q: What are the first steps for exploring funding via the IP-X pilot grant program on the Mcubed Diamond platform?
A: The first step is to review the two funding opportunities and their respective funding priorities. Notice that the HSC-funded grants that are focused on outcomes of collaborative care are $60k, while the IPE-funded grants that are focused on the impact of IPE on students are $15k. Once you determine the funding opportunity that is most in line with your interests, review the comments that are posted there. You can reach out to faculty who have posted comments via email. Or, if you have an idea that has not yet been mentioned, please post it! Note that you do need to sign in to view the IP-X Diamond cubes and leave a comment.

Q: Is my comment the only information I have to provide to determine whether or not my project gets funded?
A: No, the comment serves as a “Letter of Intent.” The funders will review the comments and invite select individuals to submit a project concept paper (for the HSC grants or the IPE grants). Those proposals will then be reviewed and select projects will be funded.

Q: What if you have a proposal that crosses over both educational impact and health care/clinical care impact. Which IP-X funder should you post to?
A: You can post comments on both IP-X pilot grant Diamond platforms and see what happens, but ultimately the differentiating factor depends on how much money you want ($15,000 for interprofessional education, $60,000 for interprofessional care outcomes).

Q: What is the main difference between Mcubed 3.0 and the Mcubed Diamond program?
A: The IP-X Diamond projects are fully funded, whereas Mcubed 3.0 projects have cost sharing and 50% of funding needs to be used for student.

Q: Are there other ways the IP-X pilot grant program on the Mcubed Diamond platform is different from traditional Mcubed?
A: Yes. For example, with IP-X, the three main collaborators must be from three different health science units, which include the 10 health science schools from Ann Arbor, Flint, and Dearborn campuses, and the College of Engineering from Ann Arbor campus. Mcubed 3.0, on the other hand, requires the three token holders to be from at least two different U-M units, and is not exclusive to health science schools. (See more FAQs on Mcubed.)

Q: If I commit a token to the traditional Mcubed 3.0 program, am I still eligible to apply for the IP-X pilot grants on the Diamond program?
A: Yes. Consider that you have an “extra token” for IP-X pilot grants on the Mcubed Diamond platform.

Q: What are the deadlines for posting IP-X Diamond program comments on the Mcubed website? Does IP-X follow the same initial deadline of 11/14/18 that Mcubed 3.0 advertises?
A: No, the 11/14/18 deadline (or any other deadlines associated with Mcubed 3.0) do not apply to the IP-X Diamond program. The IP-X pilot grant program on the Mcubed Diamond platform will be running on its own time frame based on the quality and quantity of faculty input (comments and proposals). We invite a rolling commentary and will give a two-week notice when we’re ready to close the IP-X pilot program on the Mcubed Diamond program.

Q: Can students be part of IP-X projects?
A: Yes, as additional collaborators only, not as the main three collaborators from the health science schools or the College of Engineering.

Q: Can there be collaborators outside of the health sciences? Or outside of the University of Michigan?
A: Yes, colleagues from non-health U-M units are welcome to be collaborators on projects, but they cannot be one of the three primary collaborators. Each IP-X Diamond proposal must have three members from three of the U-M health science schools or college of engineering (Ann Arbor campus). The same goes for non-U-M faculty members. This can include other academic or healthcare institutions, private industry, or community organizations.

Q: Are there limits to how many Mcubed projects I can be involved in?
A: Faculty can participate as a primary collaborator on one Mcubed 3.0 project and one Mcubed Diamond project (IP-X or any other open Diamond project). Faculty may not be one of the three primary collaborators on more than one Mcubed Diamond project.

Q: Are you inviting applications around methods?
A: Research around methodology will be considered. An example would be investigating the process by which an interprofessional health care team provides effective care or how different learners interact in a case study to provide the solution.

Q: Is it appropriate for a proposal to test the hypothesis that interprofessional treatment of ‘x’ or interprofessional education about ‘x’ would be more effective by some measure than single discipline treatment of ‘x’?
A: Yes. We would be most interested in research demonstrating that the interprofessional intervention changed something for a patient or student population.

Q: If faculty from Ann Arbor’s School of Nursing were to collaborate for an IP-X grant with faculty from UM-Flint’s School of Nursing would it be considered two different collaborators?
A: Yes, but you still need a third collaborator from a different U-M health science school or the College of Engineering (Ann Arbor campus).

Q: When the materials state that the principal investigators must be from a U-M health science school, does this refer to the PI’s administrative home, or the tenured home?
A: Definition of faculty eligibility for the IP-X Research Stimulus is the location of the tenured or non-tenured home of the individual, especially in those cases where the administrative home is listed outside a school or college (e.g., institutes, centers or the health system).

Q: Will there be any consideration given to funding for projects that are a continuation of a previously funded grant? Or should projects be ones that have not had previous funding?
A: The evidence that your project has been previously funded, and this new grant will help you to move forward, will be looked upon favorably.

Q: Are the IP-X Implementation Grants also taking applications right now?
A:
No. The Center for Interprofessional Education and Health Sciences Council are only looking for IP-X pilot grant proposals in 2018. Stay tuned for information about the Implementation Grants in the new year.

Still need to contact us? Email IPEcenter@umich.edu.

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