Solutions to the world’s most challenging issues can only be advanced through diverse perspectives and action from people working together to achieve common goals. While these global problems are often exceedingly complex, sometimes we’re only one connection away from a breakthrough.
Looking at the big picture to ensure UC Davis’ research is integrated with previously untapped resources and is making the greatest positive impact on global problems are the driving forces behind Grand Challenges.
We bring together experts from across disciplines – connecting the community around solution-oriented work, ensuring the participation of underrepresented disciplines, organizing product-centered strategic covenings, and facilitating campus-wide teams to strengthen our community and seek significant, large-scale, transdisciplinary funding opportunities.
Grand Challenges also connects groundbreaking research to campus leadership, telling the story of how the university is changing the world – producing tangible solutions to aid local, national and global efforts in challenge areas.
Grand Challenges uses social and environmental justice as the lens through which we view our work. Together, we are:
Facilitating transdisciplinary research collaboration
Broadening involvement of underrepresented disciplines
Increasing the impact of UC Davis
Accelerating innovation and entrepreneurship
Assisting in large-scale proposal development and securing funding
Preparing for Emerging Health Threats by implementing innovative practices and technologies developed by UC Davis and our partners to identify, respond to and mitigate epidemics with the goal of saving lives and preventing another pandemic
Working to develop solutions that steer us away from our present, catastrophic trajectory in the Climate Crisis and responding to disparities in causes and effects of climate change
Recognizing the injustices of our university history and taking a leadership position in Reimagining the Land-grant University
Cultivating Sustainable Food Systems that can nourish a growing population and sustain the planet
We are also planning on building a Grand Challenges Solutions Hub to serve as a physical space on campus where collaboration and innovation can thrive.
We all have a stake in the future, and by working together we can create a better, more just 21st century and beyond.