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A whole-of-MIT initiative to deliver high-impact climate solutions for the world

Game-changing research.

Accelerated innovation.

Climate change is the defining challenge of our time. The world’s efforts to address it are falling short. We cannot wait to meet this challenge any longer. While much can and must be achieved with existing technologies and policies, new approaches will be essential to finding solutions that are fair, affordable, and effective.

Climate Grand Challenges is mobilizing the entire MIT research community around some of the most challenging unsolved problems in adaptation, carbon removal, climate science, climate policy, human impacts, and reducing emissions. Together we are setting our sights on the research and innovations that will deliver game-changing advances in the world’s efforts to address the climate challenge.

MIT President Reif outlines the vision for the Climate Grand Challenges.

By the numbers

94
Grand Challenge letters of interest
385
Researchers
90%
MIT departments represented

Timeline

  • LETTERS OF INTEREST DUE

    November 30, 2020

    Deadline to submit letters of interest for the Climate Grand Challenges call.

  • WHITE PAPER INVITATIONS ANNOUNCED

    March 5, 2021

    Based on recommendations of the Faculty Review Committee, a subset of teams has been invited to submit white papers and will receive funding to develop their ideas further.

  • WHITE PAPERS DUE

    September 1, 2021

    Submission deadline for fully developed white papers.

  • FINALISTS ANNOUNCED

    Fall 2021

    A final portfolio of flagship Grand Challenge projects to be selected.

  • Research themes

  • Adaptation and Resilience

    Resilient cities, agriculture, and infrastructure

  • Carbon Removal

    Carbon capture, utilization, and sequestration

  • Climate Policy

    Climate policy interventions and innovations

  • Climate Science

    Climate observation, dynamics, forecasting, and risk

  • Human Impacts

    Social and community consequences and climate equity

  • Reducing Emissions

    Greenhouse gas emission reduction

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