The universitywide Bicentennial Strategic Plan for Indiana University makes the identification and pursuit of research Grand Challenges one of its central priorities.
University-wide and at the Bloomington campus, Indiana University is harnessing strengths in every field to identify and address big questions whose answers lie beyond the frontiers of current knowledge. As part of the strategic plan to enhance research at IU Bloomington, the campus will also pursue a program around emerging areas of research. As a whole, the IU Grand Challenges initiative is intended to advance knowledge, influence the future, and impact society. It is a broadly inclusive effort to address difficult societal challenges through the combined strengths of our scientific and liberal arts disciplines and our professional schools. Grand Challenges projects will traverse traditional disciplinary boundaries to begin to address our most pressing problems.
The IU Libraries stand ready to support the pursuit of Grand Challenges through contributions in the area of information and data management, education and knowledge dissemination, and outreach - playing a critical role in the analysis, management, and preservation of information and data, serving as critical points of contact between scholarship/research and the general public, and hosting and partnering in organizing public talks, invited speakers, and interactive exhibits designed to communicate research outcomes.