Call for Pre-Proposals

The Grand Challenges Research Pre-Proposal call

We invite faculty 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 focus on the challenges of Enhancing Individual and Community Capacity for a Changing World, Advancing Health through Tailored Solutions, and Feeding the World Sustainably. Work at the intersection of Grand Challenges has resulted in exciting interdisciplinary team efforts. Consequently, 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, Assuring Clean Water and Sustainable Ecosystems or Fostering Just and Equitable Communities – are welcome. The latter two Grand Challenges were the focus of the previous Grand Challenges Research competition.

The current call is purposely aligned with the April 18, 2018, Grand Challenges Research Expo: Inspiring Ideas, Creating Change. The Expo agenda is designed to connect individuals from a range of disciplines who have similar topical research interests. It will feature mechanisms for faculty, students, and staff members to share and expand on ideas that might lead to proposal development. Interactive sessions will also address features of interdisciplinary research that might challenge new teams, including identifying team members across disciplines, engaging external partners, clarifying disciplinary terminology, integrating work styles and identifying best practices. Small monetary incentives for pre-proposal development will be provided to faculty who explore new ideas with new research colleagues during the day-long Expo.


Guidelines for Pre-Proposals (pdf)

Learn more about The Phase 3 Grand Challenges Research Initiative.