The MGI will be supported through a combination of evolving revenue streams. The MGI’s long-term funding goal is to be self-supported through through a combination of funds provided by the UMS, individual campuses, partner “tier” fees for access to MGI Project Center resources, MGI sponsoring partner fees for specific project work, grants, donations, K-12 camps, workshops, tuition for credits earned through capstone, thesis, CE, and other coursework done in association with the Campus Project Centers.
MGI partner membership fees will be tiered based on access to resources and services, with fees scaled to reflect the partner’s available resources and services used. An example fee structure might be:
- Tier 1: Partner pays a set membership annually, which provides access to clinics, short-term technical assistance (sort of a HELP desk staffed by students and faculty mentors), seminars, equipment trouble-shooting
- Tier 2: Partner works with MGI associated faculty and graduate and undergraduate students to address a short-term information need (e.g., programming help, graduate student assistantship for a semester to help with a specific, short-term question or technical assistance task)
- Tier 3: Partner works with Project Center student teams to address specific research needs. This tier would provide the partner access to the annual Project Center student/faculty interview process, wherein the partner would submit a list of 3-5 information needs to be considered for a project; student teams working with faculty advisors would work directly with the partner to plan and carry out the project over 1-2 semesters. Project products would be a thesis/report/manuscript developed collaboratively with the faculty and partner, a physical product such as equipment developed in the project, a database, a video presentation, etc., determined at the beginning of the project in the project plan or proposal developed collaboratively by the partner and project team.