Grand Challenges Research Opportunities

Grand Challenges Research overview graphic UMTCProvost’s Grand Challenges Research Initiative

The University continues to look to faculty leadership in shaping important investments that will advance the transformational research goals of our Strategic Plan.

Phase 2 of the Provost's Grand Challenges Research Initiative was announced in January 2017. All Twin Cities faculty are invited to participate in two research opportunities aimed at addressing the critical challenges facing Minnesota and the world. 

The opportunities include both a competitive call for proposals from interdisciplinary teams (pre-proposals due March 20) and a call for participation in a Grand Challenges Research Scholar collaborative for an extended period of interdisciplinary engagement (nominations due March 1).

More information and guidelines—Grand Challenges Research—Phase 2

Phase 1, which took place in in 2016, engaged faculty in a two-tiered research grants initiative that culminated in initial research investments totaling $3.6 million. Announced in September 2016, the investments included grants to 29 teams of faculty from across the Twin Cities campus. More on Grand Challenges Research—Phase 1