Grand Challenges Research Initiative Phase 1

Grand Challenges Research overview graphic UMTCIn Phase 1 of the Provost's Grand Challenges Research Initiative, faculty across the Twin Cities campus were invited in spring 2016 to apply for Grand Challenges exploratory research grants to seed and foster projects consistent with the vision of a more integrative, engaged campus collaboratively addressing critical societal challenges.

Phase 1 culminated in $3.6 million in grants awarded to 29 teams of faculty in fall 2016.

In January 2017, Grand Challenges Research Phase 2 was launched. Two opportunities were available for faculty. Phase 2 culminated in a new round of awards, announced in fall 2017

Click here for information about Phase 3

The following is background information on the Phase 1 opportunities (spring to fall of 2016).

Phase 1 Overview: Successful Grand Challenges research proposals will be funded at levels up to $60,000, with additional funding available for projects that foster internationalization goals. Application deadline: June 15, 2016. More information, guidelines, and FAQs >

In addition, five Grand Challenges Interdisciplinary Research Work Groups were launched by Provost Hanson as “convening bases” for developing multiple high-potential collaborations in our five Grand Challenges areas of special focus: 

•Assuring clean water and sustainable ecosystems
•Fostering just and equitable communities
•Enhancing individual and community capacity for a changing world
Feeding the world sustainably
•Advancing health through tailored solutions

These initiatives will help to identify exciting opportunities to expand and integrate research across disciplines and colleges, enhance creative interdisciplinary approaches, and strengthen productive research collaborations within and beyond the University. This builds on a multi-stage campuswide GC Research process organized and led by the Provost's Grand Challenges Research Strategies Team.

Workshops and discussions also are in the planning stages that will focus on issues and topics to advance interdisciplinary research strategies and connections across campus, as recommended in the report of the GC Research Strategies Team.

View Provost Hanson’s April 2016 email announcing GC Research Faculty Opportunities and Next Steps

Key Links

Information about GC Research Phase 2 (opportunities for faculty launched January 2017)

Driving Tomorrow research collaborations (Phase 1 investments announced fall 2016)

GC Research Report (Jan. 2016)

More about the University's GC Research Process

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