2024 Grand Challenges Request for Proposals Opens on Dec. 1

November 27, 2023

Researchers interested in applying for the next round of Grand Challenges grant funding should mark their calendars for Friday, Dec. 1. 

On this day, the Office of Research Services will post the request for proposals with guidelines for the 2024 grant cycle on its website

The funding opportunity centers on convergence research, which focuses on the creation of multi-/trans-disciplinary teams identifying important, large-scale problems that require a broader range of skills and expertise to be researched successfully. Though all proposals and ideas are welcome, this year’s convergence research program highly encourages proposals focusing on key topics that can further contribute to CU Denver’s rising international research profile. The following areas will be prioritized by the review committee.  

Priority Topics: 

  • Artificial intelligence/machine learning and data science 
  • Climate change (disaster preparedness, drought, environmental justice, resilience, and wildfire) 
  • Cybersecurity 
  • Health (bioengineering, genomics and epigenics, and health inequities) 
  • Democracy 
  • Smart cities 
  • STEM education (funded in part by the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Sustainable urban infrastructure 

Like the past two years of the Grand Challenges initiative, a symposium will be held for faculty members to network and collaborate across disciplines as they develop their proposals. Below are important dates to save as you plan for your submission.  

Dec. 1: Call for proposals open  

Feb. 2: Research Symposium  

Feb. 16: Letter of Intent due  

Mar. 22: Application deadline  

May 2024: Awardees notified  

June 2024: Funding available  

June 2025: Funding complete  

For more information, visit the ORS website or email researchservices@ucdenver.edu and include Grand Challenges in your subject line.