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Grand Challenges Research

Undergrade students in research laboratory
Undergraduate students conducting laboratory research (Photo: Brian Wilson)

Establishing Research and Teaching Cooperatives

The Grand Challenges program supports cutting-edge research, carried out locally and around the world, involving the scientific, technical, public policy, and human dimensions of global environmental problems.

Research is distinguished by the pairing of elite faculty with postdocs, Ph.D. candidates, and undergraduate students who actively participate and contribute through internships and independent work. Three integrated research and teaching cooperatives have been established.

Climate and Energy Challenge Research

The Climate and Energy Challenge focuses on the need for substantial transformation of the global energy system during the lifetimes of current Princeton undergraduates. The program confronts climate change and other environmental impacts of the energy system with projects that address the management of fossil-fuel carbon, the expansion of non-fossil energy sources, and the reduction of energy demand through technology and social change. Research efforts on the role of terrestrial and ocean carbon sinks is enhancing our understanding of the global carbon cycle. more >>

Development Challenge Research

The Sustainable Development Challenge confronts the difficult task of eliminating poverty in Africa while conserving the continent’s biodiversity and vast store of natural resources. The program capitalizes on Princeton’s research interests in Africa with projects that focus on resolving human-environmental conflicts to improve livelihoods while fostering sound resource management and biodiversity conservation practices. more >>

Health Challenge Research

The Health Challenge supports multidisciplinary research to develop new technological, scientific, and policy approaches to global public health. This program focuses on developing methods to prevent and treat HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, and other infectious diseases around the globe. The leadership team is establishing collaborations in Ghana and other countries with high incidence of infectious disease to facilitate scholarly exchanges, to develop educational opportunities including internships, and to augment faculty and student field research. more >>