Driving Tomorrow

Bird's eye view of campus

“Our University will be more nimble, innovative, and integrative, and thereby better serve our students and state. We will advance our mission, enlarge our shared aspirations, and meet the challenges of a diverse and changing world.”

—Provost Karen Hanson

To be preeminent in solving the grand challenges of a diverse and changing world


The third batch of Grand Challenges Research awards have been announced by Executive Vice President and Provost Karen Hanson. This third phase, which focuses on three of the University's five Grand Challenges focus areas, allocates $1.95 million over two years to support six interdisciplinary team projects--engaging more than 157 faculty and external partners.

Faculty are invited to participate in a new set of research opportunities focused on critical challenges facing Minnesota and the world. Phase 3 of the Provost’s Grand Challenge Research Initiative includes i) a competitive call for proposals from interdisciplinary teams and ii) a new non-competitive credit-bearing seminar series for graduate and professional students. This phase of opportunities launches in tandem with the Grand Challenges Expo Inspiring Ideas, Creating Change (April 18, Coffman Memorial Union).