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I am pleased to announce the official opening of applications for the Grand Challenge Mini-Grants, a key component of our 2018-2020 Grand Challenges initiative: Fresh Water for All.

All members of the faculty and our professional staff who plan to work with students on fresh water topics in and out of the classroom are encouraged to submit an application. The grants range from $50 to $350 and will support collaborative work across disciplines, civic engagement and programming, volunteerism or applied learning projects that tackle local fresh water challenges.

To access the application, visit the Grand Challenges website. The deadline for applications for spring 2019 projects is by Monday Nov. 12, 2018. 

As many of you are well aware, the campus is already undertaking wide-ranging and multidisciplinary Fresh Water for All projects. To view the scope of efforts achieved thus far and to stay abreast of existing or future projects in the works, I invite you to check out the Summary of Fresh Water Activities. Please remember to notify the Grand Challenges Oversight Committee of any projects you plan to tackle in the spring by emailing the committee chair at

Fresh water issues top the World Economic Forum’s most recent impact list of global risks. Our campus is inextricably linked to fresh water— and as a community we’re committed to developing deeper perspectives and finding solutions to this multi-faceted challenge. I hope you will all avail yourselves of a Grand Challenge Mini-Grant and participate in this far-reaching investigation.


Rameen Mohammadi
Associate Provost