Grand Challenges Research Initiative Phase 3

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Faculty are invited to participate in interdisciplinary research opportunities that will continue to distinguish University of Minnesota scholars as leaders in addressing the critical challenges of our state, nation, and world.

Opportunities in 2019–2020 will include a competitive call for proposals from interdisciplinary teams as well as a seminar series for graduate and professional students and post-docs.

The current call for proposals is aligned with an April 18, 2018 event: Grand Challenges Research Expo: Inspiring Ideas, Creating Change. Faculty who participate in the Expo will be invited to submit an idea description for review by Friday, April 27; successful idea partners will received a development award of $500 and be asked to submit a pre-proposal by June 6, 2018. Invited full proposals will be due October 10. Links to detailed guidelines and FAQs are at top right.

Opportunities in 2019–2020 will focus on the challenges of Enhancing Individual and Community Capacity for a Changing World, Advancing Health through Tailored Solutions, and Feeding the World Sustainably. Proposals that address the intersection of these three Grand Challenges—or the intersection of one of the three with either of the other two Grand Challenges, of Assuring Clean Water and Sustainable Ecosystems or Fostering Just and Equitable Communities—are welcome. The latter two challenges were the focus of the previous Grand Challenges Research phase.

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Phase 3 detailed guidelines  |  Phase 3 FAQs