Indiana University says it’s making a big investment in what it says are “life changing research projects.”
The university on Wednesday announced a new $300 million, five-year program to develop what it calls transformative solutions for some of the planet’s most pressing problems.
IU’s new Grand Challenges research program will accept project proposals from university faculty and fund between three and five projects between now and its bicentennial.
“What we’re trying to do here is identify a small number of issues that truly are game changers,” IU spokesperson Mark Land says. “Things like climate change, things like curing infectious diseases. Things of that magnitude.”
He says the university wants to help find solutions to problems that could make life better for a large number of people. Land says researchers across all IU campuses will be able to work together on the program.
The program is part of the university’s bicentennial strategic plan. Initial faculty proposals are due in early November, and the selected teams are expected to be notified in January 2016.
Watch Indiana Newsdesk’s Joe Hren and IU President Michael McRobbie talk more on the Grand Challenges research program: