Resiliencecollaboration and impact come to mind when reflecting on University of Colorado Boulder research, scholarship and creative works in 2020–21.

Record-breaking sponsored research funding—headlined by $634 million in total gifts and awards, $481 million of which was awarded by federal agencies—provides measurable evidence of the resilience of our researchers, faculty, students and staff.

The spirit of teamwork that bolsters our campus culture is also on display in our most significant research efforts, several of which appear below. Collaborations like the Emirates Mars Mission, the Odor2Action project and the ASPIRE transportation center are generating buzz globally. Closer to home, new initiatives like the Center for African and African American Studies and the AI Institute for Student-AI Teaming illustrate the boundless possibilities of students, faculty, staff, peer universities and federal partners uniting for a common purpose.

From learning how to best address COVID-19 to tackling the ever-expanding effects of our changing climate, CU Boulder faculty, staff and students will always be found at the leading edge of the issues that matter most.