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Grand Challenges: A social movement for the greater good .

The White House defines “Grand Challenges” as ambitious yet achievable goals to solve society’s biggest issues – disease, illiteracy, inequality and inaccessibility to clean water – through innovation and breakthroughs in science, technology and implementation strategies.

What makes our program unique?

UCLA Grand Challenge Projects are carefully developed to meet particular criteria. They must be specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, time-bound and capture the public’s imagination. Drawing on campus experts who approach each topic from varying perspectives, UCLA is strategically positioned to address each Grand Challenge Project.


Our first Grand Challenge Project is to make the Los Angeles region 100% sustainable in water and energy without harming biodiversity by the year 2050, making the region a model for the world. Over the next few years, we will reveal two to three five more UCLA Grand Challenge Projects, each led by an all-star team tackling a specific issue.

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