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Grand Challenges project aims to strengthen early childhood workforce
January 29, 2024

Nebraska researcher is leading a program to leverage the university’s strengths in early childhood education to create an integrated educational approach to support professional workforce development and mental wellness among early childhood educators.

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Panelists offer tips, advice on Grand Challenges projects
December 1, 2023

Recipients of Grand Challenges planning and catalyst grants offered advice to colleagues from their experiences during a panel discussion last month.

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Huskers aim to launch first center for space agriculture
November 6, 2023

Husker scientists are researching ways to sustainably grow food on space stations, the moon, Mars and other celestial bodies that might eventually sustain humans.

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Register for Nov. 15 Grand Challenges event
November 3, 2023

Nebraska researchers are invited to a Nov. 15 Grand Challenges panel discussion aimed at helping faculty sharpen their project planning skills for the Grand Challenges Catalyst Competition and beyond.

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Hughes aims to improve health disparities in underserved populations
October 31, 2023

Over the last two and a half decades, Michelle Hughes has dedicated her primary line of research to improving outcomes for people with cochlear implants. Now, with a new Grand Challenges planning grant, she’s expanding her research efforts to try to determine the biggest barriers and potential solutions to improving overall health in underserved populations.

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Old missile silo reimagined through storytelling, emerging tech
October 9, 2023

Thanks to a Grand Challenges grant, an interdisciplinary team of student and faculty researchers at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln is re-imagining a decommissioned Atlas-F missile silo near Seward, Nebraska, into the Ice Coring and Education Silo Center. Upon its completion, the facility would be the first facility of its kind in the world.

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Grand Challenges RFP now available; town hall is Oct. 10
September 29, 2023

The Grand Challenges 2024 request for proposals is now available. An Oct. 10 town hall provides an opportunity to ask questions.

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11 projects funded through Grand Challenges competition
August 28, 2023

The high-impact research projects funded through the second Grand Challenges Catalyst Competition were announced Aug. 28.

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Reviewers sought for 2023 Grand Challenges planning grants
March 3, 2023

ORED is seeking volunteers to serve as reviewers of Grand Challenges planning grant proposals. Reviewers are needed from every discipline at the university.

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Grand Challenges Town Hall is Feb. 15; NOIs due Feb. 28
February 3, 2023

A virtual Town Hall meeting at 11 a.m.-noon on Feb. 15 offers a forum to ask questions about the request for proposals and will provide details about the Notice of Intent to Submit due Feb. 28.

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Grand Challenges research effort leverages STEM to inspire climate action
December 14, 2022

After decades of work, many researchers believe climate change poses the greatest global threat to human health — and that youth are the most vulnerable to the impacts and most-dire consequences, both today and in the future.

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Project eyes Cold War relic as research, outreach facility
December 5, 2022

University of Nebraska–Lincoln students and researchers are working to bring new life to a Cold War relic in Nebraska.

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Grand Challenges awardees share their tips for success
December 2, 2022

Researchers looking for secrets to success in the Grand Challenges Catalyst Competition received helpful advice during a Nov. 14 discussion panel featuring four Husker faculty from three winning teams in the contest’s first cycle.

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Equity-focused research hub aims to bridge gap between university, communities
November 1, 2022

Sarah Zuckerman and her team are using a Grand Challenges Catalyst Competition planning grant to lead a project that leverages collaboration among researchers, practitioners and community members to reduce educational and health inequities in Nebraska.

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Catalyst award will assist prevention of sexual violence among Indigenous youth
October 11, 2022

With funding from a $3.21 million UNL Grand Challenges Catalyst Award, a Nebraska researcher is co-leading a four-year project to establish an Indigenous-led sexual violence prevention center on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.

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Uiterwaal using Catalyst award to marry augmented reality, quantum physics
October 10, 2022

Nebraska research team is developing augmented reality experiences to explain quantum mechanics.

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With Catalyst award, Helikar sets five-year goal for draft of digital immune system
October 5, 2022

Digital twins are simulatable replicas of real-world systems and have been employed by many industries that work with complex data, such as manufacturing, but never for any of the intricate systems of the human body.

Thomas Helikar, associate professor of biochemistry, aims to change that, and has earned a Grand Challenges Catalyst award for his ongoing work to build out a digital twin of the human immune system.

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Grand Challenges fall events begin Sept. 13
September 2, 2022

ORED is hosting September events to kick off the second year of the Grand Challenges initiative and help the university community begin planning for the next cycle of the Grand Challenges Catalyst Competition.

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Edwards, Helikar, Uiterwaal earn first Grand Challenges grants
August 30, 2022

Innovative research proposals aimed at preventing sexual violence among indigenous youth, replicating the human immune system and exploring quantum phenomena have earned funding through the first Grand Challenges Catalyst competition.

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Research assessing impacts, solutions to sex trafficking of Native Americans
May 24, 2022

Although Native American women and girls experience disproportionally high rates of sex trafficking, little is known about the impact that sex trafficking has specifically on Native survivors — or what Native survivors need to heal and achieve safety and justice. Researchers in three states, including Nebraska, are using two Department of Justice grants to examine the impacts of sex trafficking on Native American survivors and communities.

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Register for April 5 Grand Challenges town hall
March 31, 2022

The final Grand Challenges town hall of the 2021-22 academic year will be offered virtually on April 5, 11 a.m.-noon. The event is an opportunity for faculty to ask questions prior to submitting Grand Challenges grant proposals by April 29.

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