Project Details


Executive Vice President and Provost Karen Hanson in October 2017 announced the second phase of UMN Driving Tomorrow research investments for interdisciplinary collaborations aligned with goals of the campus strategic plan.

Grand Challenges Research Interdisciplinary Team Awards, totaling $2.96 million in support over two years, have been awarded to six interdisciplinary projects encompassing more than 120 faculty and external partners. In addition, 11 faculty have been named Grand Challenges Research Scholars; they will be part of two collaboratives undertaking extended interdisciplinary engagement in academic year 2018–19.

The internal research investments will engage University of Minnesota faculty in new or expanded work to address complex issues related to Assuring Clean Water and Sustainable Ecosystems and Fostering Just and Equitable Communities (or an integration of the two). These are among the University’s five Grand Challenges focus areas previously identified by the GC Research faculty committee.
Effective start/end date1/1/181/1/20