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Grant to Aid Study of Global Grand Challenges

Purdue Mellon LogoPurdue University Libraries and Press, the College of Liberal Arts, the Global Policy Research Institute, and Discovery Park have received a $539,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support collaborations of humanists, social scientists and STEM faculty in addressing large-scale public policy problems. 

Water scarcity, food insecurity, energy dependence, global pandemics and climate change are examples of the "grand challenges" for which public policy makers look to researchers for solutions. Science and engineering can suggest technological solutions to some aspects of these problems, but real-world implementation fails without the insights of humanists and social scientists, says Charles Watkinson, director of Purdue University Press.

This two-year project will encourage humanities and social sciences faculty to initiate and fully participate in research programs that address the "grand challenges" of the 21st century and it will facilitate the scholarly communication process in a way that maximizes the political and social impact of research. Research teams may include faculty and students from all areas of campus.

More information is available by contacting Amber Thompson, senior policy associate with Purdue's Global Policy Research Institute, at 49-66392 or athompson@purdue.edu