Grand Challenge funding is awarded to teams moving their projects along the research spectrum toward translational impact. The goal is to accelerate impact at the bedside; therefore basic discovery phase projects will not be funded.

Integrative collaboration across disciplines is encouraged; therefore proposals submitted by co-PIs from across disciplines are given first consideration for funding.

All funded projects are assigned project mentors to assist in executing their milestone-driven research plans. Projects involving potential product development also receive specialized commercialization mentorship, utilizing the ‘lean business model’ tools and techniques.