A whole-of-MIT initiative to deliver high-impact climate solutions for the world
White paper development underway.
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.
By the numbers
LETTERS OF INTEREST DUENovember 30, 2020
Deadline to submit letters of interest for the Climate Grand Challenges call.
WHITE PAPER INVITATIONS ANNOUNCEDMarch 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 DUESeptember 1, 2021
Submission deadline for fully developed white papers.
FINALISTS ANNOUNCEDFall 2021
A final portfolio of flagship Grand Challenge projects to be selected.
Adaptation and Resilience
Resilient cities, agriculture, and infrastructure
Carbon capture, utilization, and sequestration
Climate policy interventions and innovations
Climate observation, dynamics, forecasting, and risk
Social and community consequences and climate equity
Greenhouse gas emission reduction