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Our goal

We will use a startup investment model to spur innovative and collaborative research to solve grand challenges.

Funding structures

We will pilot, iterate and scale up three innovative funding mechanisms that support research throughout its development.

  • Clusters and Themes Initiative: Provides early-stage investment around research specialities or ideas to increase capacity building
  • Research Accelerator Initiative: Follows a mid-level “angel investor” model to spur research projects in development to the next level
  • Blue Sky Initiative: A high-level “venture capital” model that provides strategic capital investments for grand challenges


Fall 17: Request for proposals
2018: Pilot Program Rollout
2018 – 19: Evaluate new proposals every six months
Late 2019: Overall program assessment
2020: Make program modifications as needed