- What is the Third Century Initiative?
The Third Century Initiative is a plan from the University of Michigan president and provost to develop innovative, multi-disciplinary approaches to teaching and to addressing global challenges. The overall goal is to stimulate creative thinking about how to intensify learning experiences in and beyond the classroom and how to approach some of the foremost challenges facing our world. TCI is a five-year program with $50 million dollars of dedicated funding.
The Third Century Initiative has two components: (1) creating innovative student learning experiences and (2) developing creative approaches to the world’s greatest challenges and opportunities.
- What is the Global Challenges Advisory Committee?
The Global Challenges Advisory Committee is the faculty committee charged with making funding recommendations for the global challenges portion of the Third Century Initiative. Members of the Global Challenges Advisory Committee include:
- Dan Ferris (CHAIR), School of Kinesiology
- Goncalo Abecasis, School of Public Health (Biostatistics)
- Allan Afuah, Ross School of Business
- Eric Fearon, Medical School
- Lorraine Gutierrez, School of Social Work
- Jim Hines, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (Economics), Law School
- Becky Lange, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (Earth & Environmental Sciences)
- David Porter, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (English, Comparative Literature)
- Volker Sick, College of Engineering, OVPR
- What is GCTC?
GCTC stands for Global Challenges for a Third Century. GCTC represents a funding mechanism associated with the global challenges component of the Third Century Initiative. GCTC includes two grant programs: Team Development and Global Challenges (phases 1 and 2). The purpose of the GCTC grant program is to inspire and cultivate transformative ideas about how to address some of the greatest challenges facing the world today.
- Is this the same as M-Cubed? As Learning Analytics?
No, GCTC is a different program, but all of these programs are part of the Third Century Initiative.
- Is this the same as TLTC?
No, TLTC is “Transforming Learning for a Third Century” and is a funding mechanism associated with the Student Learning component of the Third Century Initiative. GCTC is a funding mechanism associated with the Global Challenges component of the Third Century Initiative.
- What do you mean by “Global”? Must projects take place outside the US?
The term “global challenges” really means – big, complex problems that impact a lot of people. Proposals do not need to be “international” and may be domestic.
- Who is eligible to submit proposals?
The GCTC grant programs are open to all faculty from all units and disciplines on the Ann Arbor campus.
- Is Unit approval required?
Proposals must include the signature of your unit leadership (Dean or Director, as appropriate).
- Are electronic signatures allowed? May the signatures be on more than one cover page?
Yes, electronic signatures will be accepted. And, yes, additional cover pages are permitted if you need more space and/or to facilitate the collection of signatures from across campus.
- Can my proposal be more than two pages? What about references (citations)?
There is a two-page maximum for the main body of the proposal. References (citations) may be included as an “appendix” and won’t count toward the page limit.
- What is the difference between “Team Development” and “Global Challenges”?
Global Challenges for a Third Century (GCTC) has two grant programs:
Team Development will fund small-scale proposals for activities that help develop multi-disciplinary teams across the campus in order to address major global challenges.
Global Challenges is a two-phase program that aims to fund the most innovative and creative ideas from across the campus to address some of the world’s greatest challenges. The program embraces risk taking, multi-disciplinary approaches, and engagement with the entire internal and external communities, including students. Projects are encouraged that have potential impact that is scalable and transferable (e.g., local to global).
- Can I submit a proposal directly for Phase 2 funding?
All Global Challenges proposals must first be submitted to the Phase 1 program, which will provide funds for approximately one year to test ideas, techniques and/or strategies, develop protocols and/or prototypes, and present clear milestones of achievement. At the completion of Phase 1 activities, teams are invited to submit proposals to the Phase 2 program, an opportunity to more fully fund ($100K to $3 million) the initiatives over a multi-year period.
- What criteria will be used to evaluate Team Development proposals?
The single most important criterion in evaluating proposals will be the potential for transformative impact on any of the world’s greatest challenges. Other characteristics that will be viewed favorably are the inclusion of innovative ideas for activities to help develop an interdisciplinary team (possibly including students) and a clear path to translate into a proposal for Global Challenges – Phase 1 funding.
- What criteria will be used to evaluate Global Challenges – Phase 1 proposals?
The single most important criterion in evaluating proposals will be the potential for transformative impact on any of the world’s greatest challenges.
The following criteria will be viewed favorably but are not required:
- Is not well suited for traditional external funding sources (e.g., NSF, NIH, DoE, DoD)
- Engages the broader UM community, including students
- Addresses multiple dimensions of a problem or opportunity (i.e., interdisciplinary)
- Has an impact that is scalable and transferable, such as projects that start at a local level but have the potential for wider, even global, application
- Establishes meaningful collaborations or partnerships with individuals or organizations outside the UM community
- May this funding be used to establish a center or institute at the University of Michigan?
Proposals that seek funds to establish a center/institute at the University of Michigan will be low priority. Proposals that focus on the activities of such a group (vs. logistics and infrastructure of a center) will be viewed more favorably.
- Who will make funding decisions?
Funding decisions will be made by the Provost, based on the recommendations of the Global Challenges Advisory Committee.
- Can I submit a proposal on my own or do I need to be part of a team?
Proposals may be submitted by individuals or by teams. For the Global Challenges program, please note that we have identified multi-disciplinary teams as an important component of truly innovative solutions and advances.
- Are replacement teaching subventions allowable expenses?
For Team Development, no.
For Global Challenges (Phase 1), buyouts will only be considered an allowable expense if deemed fully necessary for the success of the project. Unit approval will be required.
- Are travel, graduate student support, summer salary and equipment allowable expenses?
- May salary costs for non-UM partners be included in the budget?
No. These funds may not be used to pay the regular salary of faculty from other institutions. If faculty from other institutions want to participate, their universities need to provide the required salary resources. Other direct expenses for non-UM partners are allowable (travel, reasonable honoraria) – but must conform to UM policies.
- Should indirect cost be included in the budget?
No. There will be no indirect costs included in the budget for this program (the proposed budget should only include direct costs associated with the project/research effort).
- Can students be included in proposals?
Yes, and in fact, we encourage the inclusion of students in the proposal teams. Students may not, however, submit a proposal for GCTC without faculty involvement.
- When will I find out if my proposal was accepted?
Both Team Development and Global Challenges – Phase 1 proposals are due September 9, 2013. Notifications will be made by November 15, 2013.
- How frequently will these programs run? If I don’t get my proposal in on September 9, will I have another chance?
Both the Team Development program and the Global Challenges Phase 1 program will be evaluated after this round.
- What are the final deliverables for Team Development?
It is expected that the Team Development effort will result in the creation of new, collaborative teams well-positioned to prepare a proposal for Global Challenges (Phase 1) funding.
- What are the final deliverables for Global Challenges (Phase 1)? How do I get Phase 2 funding?
The process and results from Phase 1 will be submitted in a report at the end of the funding period. New approaches to addressing world problems developed during Phase 1 that prove to be effective, scalable and potentially sustainable can be submitted to the Phase 2 program for additional funding.
- What if I have further questions? Is there someone I can talk to about the GCTC Program?
If you have further questions, please email GCTC.Questions@umich.edu.