Published: June 1, 2017
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The Grand Challenge initiative this week announced a new campus-wide call for proposals for the 2017 Grand Challenge: Our Space. Our Future.

The goal of this call for proposals is to build on and expand the accomplishments of current programs and efforts, which include Earth Lab, Integrated Remote and In Situ Sensing (IRISS), the university's space minor and the Center for the Study of Origins

Proposals due July 1

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The call for proposals is expected to fund one large research initiative at approximately $1 million per year for three to five years and one or two smaller projects at $250,000 per year for three to five years.  

Submissions can have direct and strong ties to existing Grand Challenge projects or represent new and complementary additions to the Grand Challenge portfolio. Proposals will be evaluated based on the following criteria: innovation­, transforming our campus, sustainability and impact.

Proposals are due Saturday, July 1. They will be evaluated by a panel including both internal and external members, including academic, industry and government perspectives. Selections will be announced in early August, with funding to start Sept. 1.

Questions? Please email Emily CoBabe-Ammann at