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Grand Challenges Grants

Grand Challenges Grants

The University of Maryland has launched 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 initiatives designed to impact enduring and emerging societal issues, such as climate change, social injustice, global health, education disparities, poverty, and threats to our democracy.

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Key Research Areas

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Climate Change

A global leader in the study of climate change, with faculty experts working across disciplines to understand the intersections of ecosystems, energy, human health and sustainable development and their collective environmental impact.

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Quantum Science

The University of Maryland is at the forefront of quantum research and innovation, and is committed to becoming the Capital of Quantum. Our quantum experts, including a Nobel laureate, are working with experts in engineering, computer science, innovation, entrepreneurship and business to advance this area in ways that will help define our nation’s—and the world’s—future.

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AI and Data Science

Data science and AI are making a significant impact in a number of sectors, including industry, government, health, and media. The University of Maryland has world-class expertise in these areas, including: machine learning, statistics, data visualization, natural language processing, algorithms, social scientific theory and analysis, and others.

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COVID-19 virus


As one of the nation’s leading research universities, the University of Maryland is well positioned to advance and translate public health knowledge to improve health and well-being. Faculty and students are involved in a broad range of scientific endeavors and research centers whose focus spans from the cellular to the societal level.

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Research News

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At Innovate Maryland, Pines Heralds Turning ‘Expertise Into Action’

From Landmine Danger to Food Security, UMD Inventions of the Year Tackle Grand Challenges
View Article At Innovate Maryland, Pines Heralds Turning ‘Expertise Into Action’
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New Grants Program Aims for UMD Impact on Society’s Grand Challenges

Up to $30M Will Launch Cross-Disciplinary Centers and Institutes, Support Innovative Research
View Article New Grants Program Aims for UMD Impact on Society’s Grand Challenges
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Former Vice President for Research Named U.S. Commerce Under Secretary

Laurie Locascio Will Lead NIST, Where She Had Served for Three Decades
View Article Former Vice President for Research Named U.S. Commerce Under Secretary

University of Maryland MPowering the State

The University of Maryland Strategic Partnership

MPowering the State (MPower) is a collaboration between the state of Maryland’s two most powerful public research engines: the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) and the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP) — to strengthen and serve the state of Maryland and its citizens. Since its creation in 2012, MPower has fostered hundreds of collaborations from across both institutions that are growing Maryland’s innovation economy, advancing interdisciplinary research, increasing educational benefits, and addressing the state’s most critical issues.

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