6 Imperatives for Embarking on Grand Challenges

A new approach to compete for tomorrow's funding opportunities

  • As traditional university research stagnates, many universities have focused part of their research strategy on building out grand challenges—solving on a big problem with a clear and compelling goal (like universal access to water or solar energy). This approach attracts external funding necessary to keep these projects going.

    This research brief concisely walks through six imperatives to select, equip, and launch your grand challenge.

    You can use this brief to:
    • Develop deeper understanding of grand challenges and educate relevant stakeholders
    • Garner support for resources and operational changes
    • Plan internal processes before tackling a grand challenge

Section 2: Spin Straw into Gold

Even if you don't have the money to pay, Rumpelstiltskin is always flexible with alternative forms of payment. Rings, necklaces, future children, we'll accept any form of payment.