Grand Challenges General Fund

In the Spring of 2019, after an extensive, university-wide competition, designed to promote inter-disciplinary collaboration, UNM President Garnett S. Stokes launched three “Grand Challenges” that address problems of global, national, and regional significance. They are: Sustainable Water Resources, Successful Aging, and Substance Use Disorders. These challenges require researchers to work together across disciplinary boundaries to develop and implement solutions, addressing problems that, when solved, have a significant positive impact on people and society. These challenges are large in scale, ambitious in scope, and multi-disciplinary. They have carefully developed goals that enable multiple paths towards solutions, and that are relevant across varied disciplines and communities.

The Grand Challenges General Fund will provide support to all three research areas.