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Office of the Provost, Division of Academic Affairs, University of Maryland


Grand Challenges Grants Program

Dear Faculty and Staff,

The University of Maryland takes on humanity's grand challenges, setting forth an ambitious agenda and vision to move our institution fearlessly forward in the pursuit of excellence and impact for the public good. Our university is a world-class institution with ideas, interests and capabilities that can profoundly impact and improve our communities and the world. This has been true throughout our history, and will continue into our future as a strategic commitment in Fearlessly Forward: the University of Maryland Strategic Plan.

We are pleased to announce the Grand Challenges Grants Program - the largest and most comprehensive program of its type ever introduced at our university. Up to $30 million in institutional investments will be available to fund programs, initiatives and projects designed to impact enduring and emerging societal issues, such as climate change, social injustice, global health, education disparities, poverty, and threats to our democracy.

The Grand Challenges Grants Program has two distinct components:

  • Grand Challenges Institutional Grants will provide funding to develop new institutional structures (interdisciplinary institute, major center, or school; or a new public-private partnership/consortia, etc.) that catalyze cross-disciplinary collaborations around a grand challenge focus or theme.
  • Grand Challenges Project Grants will provide funding for innovative and impactful research, scholarship, and creative activities designed to address grand challenges in service to humanity.

Today we are releasing the Request for Proposals (RFPs) for both the Institutional Grants and the Project Grants, and we invite applications that outline new and creative solutions to the world's most pressing challenges.

Anyone interested in learning more about the Grand Challenges Grants Program can register at to attend an online information session scheduled for April 26 at 10:30 a.m.

We are so excited to partner with units across campus and can't wait to see how the proposals generated through this program move our campus, state, nation and world fearlessly forward.


Jennifer King Rice
Senior Vice President and Provost

Gregory F. Ball
Vice President for Research

Note: For the most up to date information and resources on the Grand Challenges Grants Program, please visit the Grand Challenges Grants Resources page.