Discovery at Ohio State

Accelerating Discovery, Solving Complex Problems

Discovery at Ohio State is the way in which we connect diverse ideas and people across disciplines and communities. It’s the way that our outstanding faculty, devoted university campuses, and engaged partners connect to form and scale teams that translate knowledge into solutions. It is a passion to ask questions yet to be asked and tackle problems yet to be solved.

The Discovery Themes Initiative embodies this attitude. Building on the full strength of Ohio State’s teaching and research, with the support of the Office of Research, we are further expanding our capacity to address complex problems at a pace and scale few others can match.

Chronic Brain Injury


Advancing the prevention, detection, and treatment of brain injuries to relieve the human and economic burdens they cause.

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Foods for Health

Integrating food, nutrition and metabolomics to prevent and treat many chronic health conditions.

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Food and AgriCULTURAL Transformation

New thought for sustainable systems to produce and distribute food as we confront climate change, shrinking resources and a growing population.

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Humanities and 
the Arts

Addressing the complexity of today’s problems first means understanding their human and social dimensions

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Infectious Diseases

Toward a world free from the threat of infectious diseases.

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Materials and Manufacturing for Sustainability

New materials and manufacturing innovation accelerating global sustainability.

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Sustainable and Resilient Economy

Integration of science, engineering, humanities and the arts to enable a global transition to an equitable and prosperous society.

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Translational 
Data Analytics

Connecting complex data sets to advance education, business, and communities.

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News

  • From serendipity to synergy: the Infectious Diseases Institute

    November 16, 2017 When Ohio State officially launched the Infectious Diseases Institute on Oct. 12, 2017, an idea that had been planted 18 months before became a reality.

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  • WASTED! The Story of Food Waste Screening: November 9

    November 7, 2017 Undergraduate Student Government, Council of Graduate Students, and InFACT are sponsoring a free screening of the newly released movie Wasted! The Story of F...

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  • The Provost's Discovery Themes Lecturer Program: J.D. Vance

    October 23, 2017 J.D. Vance will propose a hands-on approach to problems facing his native state of Ohio: opioid addiction, under-preparedness of the workforce, and domestic ...

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