Grand Challenges 2024

Grand Challenges 2024 proposals due March 22, 2024

Information on the Grand Challenges Grants Program (2024) may be found on the Research and Creativity SharePoint hub site.

The request for proposals (RFP) includes the purpose of the program, award information, eligibility information, research symposium and letter of intent, proposal preparation and submission instructions, review information, award conditions, expectations for grant funding period, schedule, and FAQ.

As with prior funding cycles of the Grand Challenges initiative, a research symposium will serve as a kick off and research networking event. The research symposium is scheduled for February 2, 2024 (9:00am - 1:00pm) in Student Commons Room 1600. The deadline to register for the symposium, either as a presenter or attendee, is Tue Jan. 30, 12:00pm.

The grand challenges research proposals are due by March 22, 2024 (5:00pm). If you have any questions, please contact


  • Program Opens: Dec. 1, 2023
  • Research Symposium Registration Deadline: Jan. 30, 2024 (12:00pm)
  • Research Symposium: Feb. 2, 2024
  • Letter of Intent (LOI) Due: Feb. 16, 2024 (5:00 PM)
  • Application Deadline: Mar. 22, 2024 (5:00 PM)
  • Award Announcement: May 17, 2024
  • Anticipated Start Date: Jun. 3, 2024
  • Spending Deadline: Jun. 30, 2025
  • About the Process

    Our process consists of four phases to encourage an organic development of research areas. Each phase engages our community to solicit and refine ideas, kicking off with a symposium in the spring semester. The process will continue as we seek to grow convergence research.

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    This year’s research symposium will be held on Feb. 2, 2024 (deadline to register is Tue Jan. 30, 12:00pm). The objective of the research symposium is the presentation of ideas from faculty and interdisciplinary teams to inspire robust dialogue between attendees about potential Grand Challenge and convergence research topics. Individuals or teams of faculty will share 15 minute presentations. After each presentation, attendees will have the opportunity to respond by asking questions and challenging ideas as a tool for further refinement.

    Presentations should describe the convergence research that a faculty or research team seeks to pursue. Each presentation should explain the extent of coverage the research area already has through the team members’ work and highlight any gaps that will need to be covered through collaborations with researchers both at CU Denver and from other institutions. Additionally, presenters should convey external partnerships the group intends to pursue in support of their work and possible funding sources to sustain and grow the research. Lastly, presentations may include a timeline for moving research and team formation forward towards clearly defined and tangible outcomes.

    Teams intending to submit a convergence research grant proposal should also submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) to (Subject: Letter of Intent and Cc: and by Feb. 16, 2024 (5:00 PM). Please include the following in the body of the email:
    • Proposed title (this can be changed prior to submitting full proposal)
    • Name of PI and faculty team members including College/School and Department affiliation (can change before proposal submission)
    • Which Type, I or II, of proposal will be submitted
    • Abstract (500-word limit) describing work to be carried out

    The final proposals will be due on Mar. 22, 2024 (5:00 PM). Please use the Grand Challenges Grants Program online submission form. In addition to information collected on this form, applicants will attach a single PDF consisting of a narrative, budget, budget justification and team CVs. For more information on proposal preparation and submission instructions, please see the Grand Challenges Grants Program (2024) page on the Research and Creativity SharePoint hub site.

    Proposals will be selected for funding through a review process undertaken by a diverse cross-disciplinary group of external and internal experts that will evaluate proposals on their intellectual merit, potential for successful implementation, the likelihood of having a broad impact, and their sustainability. Awards Announcement will be made by May 17, 2024.

    For more information on awards, please see the Grand Challenges Grants Program (2024) page on the Research and Creativity SharePoint hub site.

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