What is a grand challenge?

A grand challenge is an ambitious but achievable goal that harnesses science, technology, policy and innovation to solve an important local, state, national or global problem, and that has the potential to capture the public’s imagination. It is a problem that is large, complex, and multi-faceted. Solving this problem requires a combination of technologies, treatments, approaches and/or policies. It can involve scientists, technologists, entrepreneurs, city and state officials, foundations, outreach organizations and others. The solution will positively impact a great number of people.

What will the UAB Grand Challenge Program do?

It will unite university activities (teaching, research, scholarship, commercialization, patient care, and service) along with the capabilities of partnering organizations to solve large-scale problems affecting Alabama.

Register for August 22-23 Workshop

The UAB Grand Challenge Team

Christopher S. Brown, PhD

Vice President for Research

Lee Moradi,

UAB Grand Challenge Project Manager

Jamie B. Seitz,

Executive Assistant

The UAB Grand Challenge External Advisory Council

The UAB Grand Challenge External Advisory Committee is charged with providing advice and recommendations to the Vice President of Research on matters pertaining to the growth and success of the UAB Grand Challenge. UAB is determined to be a national leader in the implementation of its grand challenge initiative and the selected projects.

UAB is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer committed to fostering a diverse, equitable and family-friendly environment in which all faculty and staff can excel and achieve work/life balance irrespective of race, national origin, age, genetic or family medical history, gender, faith, gender identity and expression as well as sexual orientation. UAB also encourages applications from individuals with disabilities and veterans.

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