Grand Challenges: Year Two summary

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln has committed $40 million over four years toward strategic, goal-based solutions in seven thematic areas. The aim is to leverage Nebraska’s expertise and strengths to solve some of society’s greatest challenges. $20 million has been invested so far using funds specifically earmarked for research.

Catalyst Awards

Bold and catalytic, representing significant
new research, scholarly and creative activity.


Average amount of catalyst awards.

Planning Grants

Ideation and team building, used for developing
project ideas around one or more themes.


Average amount of a planning grant.


Investments made in second year.


Projects in 2023:
3 catalyst awards
8 planning grants


Faculty and staff involved in projects funded during year two.


All UNL colleges are participating in at least one funded project.