Grand Challenges Research Opportunities

Grand Challenges Research overview graphic UMTCDriving Tomorrow Research Investments: Provost’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. The Provost's Grand Challenges Research Initiative has included two rounds of collaborative research opportunities for faculty, with the focus on seeding and supporting expanded collaborations to address critical challenges facing Minnesota and the world.

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

Grand Challenges Research Phase 2, announced in January 2017, culminated in a new round of investments. Announced in fall 2017, the Phase 2 awards include $2.96 in overall grants support to interdisciplinary teams and support for two Grand Challenges Research Scholar Collaboratives for extended interdisciplinary engagement. More on GC Research Phase 2 awards>

The research investments engage faculty across the campus in new or expanded work to address complex issues related to the University's slate of five priority grand challenges identified through a collaborative campuswide process. The Phase 1 research awards spanned all five areas of focus; Phase 2 spotlighted challenges related to Clean Water and Sustainable Ecosystems and Fostering Just and Equitable Communities (or an integration of the two). There will be a special focus on the remaining three grand challenge areas as the initiative continues.