CBS faculty among the recipients of the new interdisciplinary research grants
The first round of University of Minnesota Grand Challenges Research grants, totaling $3.6 million, were awarded to 29 teams of faculty from across the Twin Cities campus. The research collaborations address the University's five interrelated Grand Challenges areas of special focus, with one integrative initiative spanning multiple areas. Areas of focus include:
- Advancing Health Through Tailored Solutions
- Fostering Just and Equitable Communities
- Enhancing Individual and Community Capacity for a Changing World
- Assuring Clean Water and Sustainable Ecosystems
Six research teams that received funding include members of the college’s faculty. Here’s a quick overview of the projects and associated CBS faculty.
- Charting a path for Midwest agriculture through scenario-based foresight (Nathan Springer)
- Microbiomes in engineered ecosystems: Integrative science to elucidate microbiome roles in mediating plant, soil, ecosystem, and human health (Elizabeth Borer, Georgiana May, Eric Seabloom)
- Developing a simple, inexpensive smart chip to detect water pollutants (Daniel Bond, Michael Smanski)
- Sustainable development: Architecture and planning within the ecological footprint of one planet (Jessica Hellmann, Sarah Hobbie)
- Protection of biodiversity and ecosystems services through early detection of tree disease using hyperspectral remote sensing (Jeannine Cavender-Bares, Forest Isbell)
- 21st-century technologies for advancing bio-manufacturing (Mikael Elias, Claudia Schmidt-Dannert)
Read the full announcement here.