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Grand Challenges

Video: Boise State’s Grand Challenges

Video has closed captions and a transcript is provided at the end of this page.

How do we create an Idaho that is healthier for everyone? How can we make urban and rural systems more resilient and sustainable in the face of unprecedented growth and climate crises?

Grand Challenges like these are urgent, societally-relevant issues that require creativity and transdisciplinary collaboration to answer. At Boise State, we’ve committed to answering these questions by connecting expert scholars and creating partnerships across sectors.

In breaking down disciplinary silos, researching complex issues together and engaging passionate students in research, Boise State University Grand Challenge initiatives are:

  • Contributing to solving the most pressing issues of our time,
  • Producing graduates who are ready to make a difference
  • Expanding our innovative ecosystem,
  • Furthering our educational mission through research

 

Real solutions require real collaboration

2

Number of Grand Challenge Initiatives

13+

Students gaining real world experience through research

15+

Faculty experts engaged in Grand Challenge research

20+

Number of community partners and collaborators

Two Grand Challenge Initiatives

At Boise State, faculty, students and collaborators are engaged in two specific Grand Challenges: These are the Resource Nexus for Sustainability, and Healthy Idaho.

Resource Nexus for Sustainability

Discover the Resource Nexus Grand Challenge

Healthy Idaho

Discover the Healthy Idaho Grand Challenge

News

Award-winning Grand Challenge team to research Global Gardens refugee farming resilience
Award-winning Grand Challenge team to research regenerative ranching and carbon project potential in Idaho

Contact Us

  • Jana LaRosa

    Jana LaRosa

    Assistant Vice President for Research Advancement and Strategy

    To learn more about the Grand Challenges and how you can get involved, please contact Jana LaRosa for more information.

    Division of Research and Economic Development

    To learn more about the Grand Challenges and how you can get involved, please contact Jana LaRosa for more information.

Video Transcript

[Nancy Glenn, Vice President of Research and Economic Develoment]: What’s a Grand Challenge and why do they matter to Boise State? A Grand Challenge is a complex, urgent and societally relevant issue that requires creativity and interdisciplinary collaboration to find answers. For example, how do we create an Idaho that is healthier for everyone? How can we help urban and rural systems become more resilient and sustainable in the face of unprecedented growth and the climate crisis? At Boise State, we’ve committed to answering these kinds of challenges by researching complex issues together and engaging passionate faculty, students and stakeholders in our work. By investing our time, energy and resources into these Grand Challenges, Boise State is contributing to solving some of the most pressing issues in our region. Producing graduates who are ready to make a difference in the workforce and the world. Expanding our innovative ecosystem, and furthering our educational mission through research.

[Jana LaRosa, Vice President for Research Advancement and Strategy]: What are Boise State’s Grand Challenges? At Boise State, faculty, staff, students and collaborators are currently engaged in two Grand Challenge efforts. These are the Resource Nexus for Sustainability, and Healthy Idaho. The Resource Nexus for Sustainability is about exploring and navigating the complex interactions between natural and built environments. For example, this Grand Challenge relates to Idaho’s swiftly growing population and the challenges that urban development present to natural environments, like the sustainability of our energy and our water resources. The goal of this Grand Challenge is to better understand these interactions and build more resilient and sustainable urban and rural systems. The Healthy Idaho Grand Challenge is intended to improve physical and social conditions to foster healthy and thriving communities throughout Idaho. From the most rural community to bustling urban centers, promoting a healthier state means investigating challenges such as the impact of wildfire smoke, and finding innovative solutions to address it through creative research and collaboration with stakeholders across the state.

[Nancy]: How can you get involved in the Grand Challenges? The Grand Challenges can only be solved with great collaborators. If you’re inspired to collaborate with us, please contact the Division of Research and Economic Development.

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