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Interdisciplinary Research

Washington State University research unites the best minds across disciplines to address ambitious goals through its comprehensive research agenda called the Grand Challenges.

The Grand Challenges bring WSU’s research priorities into sharp focus. They team WSU researchers with scholars around the world—as well as federal and state agencies, national laboratories, business and civic leaders, and philanthropists—to target critical national and global problems. This commitment to public service grows from WSU’s land-grant mission, which makes service to society a top university priority. WSU’s research strengthens communities across Washington and around the world. It enables students to see firsthand how to advance knowledge—and enjoy the adventure of discovery.

The Grand Challenges capitalize on WSU’s fundamental and applied research strengths. They focus WSU’s research, innovation, and creativity in specific areas to achieve broad societal impact. These areas of focus are:

  • Sustaining Health
  • Sustainable Resources
  • Opportunity and Equity
  • Smart Systems
  • National Security

Learn more about WSU’s research focus

Please contact the WSU Foundation for more information about how you can help fuel practical and transformative research discoveries at Washington State University.


Contact the WSU Foundation for more information.

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