GC Research Phase 3 Awards

Friday, December 21, 2018

From Provost Karen Hanson: I am pleased to announce the third set of Grand Challenges Research Initiative interdisciplinary team awards. This third phase of the initiative focuses on three of the University’s five Grand Challenges focus areas:  Advancing Health through Tailored Solutions, Enhancing Individual and Community Capacity for the Changing World, and Feeding the World Sustainably, or on an integration of one of these three with any of the other four Grand Challenges. These Driving Tomorrow awards allocate $1.95 million over two years to support six interdisciplinary team projects – engaging more than 158 faculty and external partners.  More information about the funded projects is here.

An initial phase of investments, in fall 2016, spanned all five of the Grand Challenges identified by the Research Grand Challenges faculty committee, with $3.9 million awarded to 29 teams of faculty. The second phase of investments, in fall 2017, focused on two Grand Challenges – Assuring Clean Water and Sustainable Ecosystems and Fostering Just and Equitable Communities, with $2.96 million awarded to six teams.

The Grand Challenges Research initiative is one part of Driving Tomorrow, the Twin Cities campus strategic plan. The plan aims to capitalize on our research and curricular breadth and depth, to deepen our engagement with local and global communities, to attract and retain diverse, field-shaping faculty, and to reject institutional complacency.

Please explore information about all of the Grand Challenges research projects, and please join me in congratulating the recipients of the most recent awards.

Karen Hanson 
Executive Vice President and Provost

This message, in modified format, was emailed to all Twin Cities faculty and staff December 21, 2018