The University of Michigan is ideally suited to take on the most urgent and complex problems of our time. We have unparalleled breadth of expertise, with excellence in nearly every field from science and technology to health and the environment to the humanities and the arts. We have 99 programs ranked in the top 10 nationally by US News and World Report; a comprehensive health system; top ranked professional schools; leadership in the fine arts and humanities; the world-renowned Institute for Social Research; global partnerships; and the best alumni base in the world. Combined with this, the university brings a long history of interdisciplinary research and a commitment to the public good.

Guided by a faculty committee, and with funding provided by the Third Century Initiative, the Global Challenges component of the initiative has launched grant programs to stimulate creative thinking across the Ann Arbor campus about how to approach some of the foremost challenges facing our world.