By the numbers

Grand Challenges Program

Through support of research, courses and internships, the Grand Challenges Program (see related article in this issue of the PWB) examines issues of energy and climate change, global health and sustainable development. In its first year, the program has attracted faculty and students across a wide variety of departments and areas of study.

• In Grand Challenges’ first year, 100 Princeton faculty members, postdoctoral students, graduate students and undergraduates in 16 departments were directly involved with the program through projects supported by research and internship grants.

• The initiative awarded $1.2 million in grants for 14 new research projects in 2007-08, including two large New Investigator Grants and 12 seed grants for projects ranging from the development of new malaria and tuberculosis treatment to water filtration.

• In 2007-08, the University offered 38 courses related to Grand Challenges topics, including the freshman seminar “Water: Keystone for Sustainable Development”; the history course “The Rise of Modern Biomedicine: Global Trends in Health and Healing, 1500-2000”; and the graduate engineering and Woodrow Wilson School course, “Living in a Greenhouse: Technology and Policy.”

• Grand Challenges also arranged and/or funded 43 internships, 50 percent with faculty-led research projects, in its first year. In addition to lab work in Princeton and research nationwide, students spanned the globe doing fieldwork in Brazil, China, Ecuador, Finland, Ghana, Italy, Madagascar, Nigeria, South Africa and Uganda.

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To view a short movie made from Trenton Franz’s video diary during his field research in Africa, visit