GC Research Phase 2 Awards

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

From Provost Karen Hanson: I am pleased to announce the second batch of Grand Challenges Research awards. This second phase focuses on two of the University’s five Grand Challenges focus areas: Assuring Clean Water and Sustainable Ecosystems and Fostering Just and Equitable Communities--as well as on an integration of these foci. These Driving Tomorrow awards allocate $2.96 million over two years to support six interdisciplinary team projects--engaging more than 120 faculty and external partners--and two one-year Grand Challenges Research Scholar Collaboratives engaging 11 faculty. More information about the various funded projects is here.

An initial phase of investments, in fall 2016, spanned all five of the Grand Challenges identified by the Research Grand Challenges faculty committee, with $3.9 million awarded to 29 teams of faculty. There will be a special focus on the remaining three grand challenge areas as this initiative continues.

The Grand Challenges Research initiative is one part of Driving Tomorrow, the Twin Cities campus strategic plan. The plan aims to capitalize on our research and curricular breadth and depth, to deepen our engagement with local and global communities, to attract and retain diverse, field-shaping faculty, and to reject institutional complacency.

Please explore information about all of the Grand Challenges research projects, and please join me in congratulating the recipients of the most recent awards.

Karen Hanson
Executive Vice President and Provost

This message, in modified format, was emailed to all Twin Cities faculty and staff Oct. 25, 2017