The Grand Challenges program is an integrated research and teaching program that promotes faculty research and student involvement to address urgent and complex global environmental issues with scientific, technical, public policy, and human dimensions.

The Grand Challenges program enables Princeton faculty to focus their research and teaching on critical problems in urban sustainability and resilience, water issues, climate and energy, development and global health. To date, the Program has awarded more than $35 million in funding for 125 faculty-led projects that demonstrate new directions in research and strategic collaborations across disciplinary lines.

Funding priority is given to faculty proposals that involve undergraduate students and expand the undergraduate curriculum to capture themes emerging from their Grand Challenges work.

Calls for proposals are conducted annually in announcements circulated to all Princeton faculty.

Current funding opportunities