Grand Challenges

The university is dedicated to creating and applying knowledge that improves lives. By harnessing our research and scholarship efforts behind three Grand Challenges of our time, we will find solutions that make a difference and lead to thriving futures here and beyond.

Download the brochure [PDF]

Read the UofL News story.

See how our current research efforts are addressing the Grand Challenges in the latest edition of our research town hall series.  

Get Involved

Ready to make an impact? Join the challenge, share more about your research and we’ll add you to our email distribution list for funding opportunities. You can also participate in Microsoft Teams working groups to see what your colleagues across campus are doing and how you can collaborate.

Help lead the charge

Apply to become a Grand Challenges Faculty Fellow.

The Grand Challenges Subcommittee

The Grand Challenges subcommittee has identified several key areas in which UofL can significantly impact the economic and societal wellbeing of the Louisville community, Kentucky and beyond.

Ted Smith*School of Medicine Faculty, Director of Envirome Institute
Kevyn Merten*School of Medicine Faculty, AVP Research & Innovation
Craig McClainSchool of Medicine Faculty, AVP Translational Research
Kevin WalshSpeed School of Engineering, Assoc. Dean Research
Michael MenzeCollege of Arts & Sciences Faculty, Biology
Lynne HallSchool of Nursing Faculty, Assoc. Dean Research
Manju AhujaCollege of Business Faculty, Computer Information Systems
Jeff SunCollege of Education & Human Development Faculty, Associate Dean for Innovation & Strategic Partnerships
Brandon McCormackCollege of Arts & Sciences Faculty, Pan-African Studies, Director of Undergraduate Studies
Armon PerryKent School of Social Work Faculty, Director of BSW Program
Karen FrebergCollege of Arts & Sciences Faculty, Communication
Jason ChesneySchool of Medicine Faculty, Director of Brown Cancer Center
Mahendra SunkaraSpeed School of Engineering Faculty, Director of Conn Center
David YoungSchool of Medicine Staff, Research Manager, Diabetes & Obesity Center
Paul McKinney
School of Public Health and Information Sciences, Associate Dean
Don Demuth
School of Dentistry, Associate Dean for Research