Grand Challenges Research Areas

Drawing broadly on the strengths of the campus, the Provost’s Grand Challenges Research Strategies Team has identified five interrelated Grand Challenges where the University is well-positioned to have great impact on the most critical challenges of our state and world. The challenges intersect and involve many contributing areas and topics.

Learn more about the Grand Challenges as a key component of the University’s strategic vision: Grand Challenges Research Report (PDF) | Grand Challenges Summary Report (PDF)

Learn about the Provost's Grand Challenges Research Initiative, including two phases of faculty awards to advance the research goals of Driving Tomorrow. 

Assuring Clean Water and Sustainable Ecosystems

Achieve adequate supplies of safe and clean water to sustain people, agriculture, and industry, while protecting water resources and ensuring the sustainability of environmental systems and the vitality of communities on rivers, lakes, and seas.

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Fostering Just and Equitable Communities

Assure quality of life and equality of opportunity for all members of diverse communities—including educational and health equity, economic opportunity, personal security, and cultural experience.

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Advancing Health Through Tailored Solutions

Foster community and population health—together with individual physical, mental, and psychosocial well-being—by tailoring health care services and interventions to biological, social, and cultural circumstances.

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Enhancing Individual and Community Capacity for a Changing World

Foster physical, mental, and cognitive well-being from early childhood through late maturity, across the course of life transitions, ensuring that individuals and communities thrive amid great social, technological, and ecological change.

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Feeding the World Sustainably

Produce, distribute, and maintain safe and sufficient food supplies through environmentally sustainable practices to ensure the vitality of growing and demographically diverse populations.

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Learn more about the Grand Challenges as a key component of the University’s strategic vision: Grand Challenges Research Report (PDF) | Grand Challenges Summary Report (PDF)