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Grand Challenge Grants: Make a Difference in the Lives of Tennesseans


In 2023, the University of Tennessee System launched the Grand Challenges initiative to address complex, interconnected, large-scale problems that create uncertain futures in the lives of Tennesseans. 

By harnessing the collective power of human relationships, research, science, technology and imagination, UT and its partners aim to create a future where every Tennessean can thrive. To do so, we are focusing our efforts in three key areas: 

– Advancing K-12 education
– Strengthening rural communities
– Overcoming addiction

Last week, more than 80 individuals from across the UT System, state government and community organizations gathered to talk about collaborations in the Grand Challenge areas. 

To continue our momentum in tackling our state’s most pressing challenges, we’re announcing the UT Grand Challenge Grants. This grant program is an opportunity to make a difference in your state. 

The UT System is committing up to $5 million to community-tied projects and research that build new knowledge and bring about tangible improvements to the quality of life for Tennesseans.  

Projects will be selected through a competitive review process conducted by internal and external experts. 

The Grand Challenge Grants include two tiers of funding. Type 1 proposals are eligible for $50,000–$100,000. Type 2 proposals are eligible for $400,000–$500,000. These grants are open to all faculty and staff at all campuses, institutes, extension locations and field offices.

UT Grand Challenge Grants

Your expertise and dedication are crucial in addressing our state’s Grand Challenges and making this the greatest decade in UT’s history. I encourage you to explore this opportunity, collaborate with colleagues across the state and submit your best innovative proposals. 

Together, as OneUT, we can help solve our Grand Challenges and create an extraordinary future for our state. 

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Randy Boyd
President, University of Tennessee System