Power of Progress

Six proposals move forward

August 18, 2014
Contact: DiscoveryThemes@osu.edu


Dear University Community,

The Discovery Themes Initiative continues to move on its promise of providing transformative solutions to the world’s grand challenges. Another Discovery Themes milestone was reached this summer with the Second Request for Proposals, which focused on compelling challenges and associated big ideas in the areas of Emerging and Re-emerging Diseases, Materials for a Sustainable World and Food to Improve Health.

The response to the RFP was outstanding. The numbers tell the story: we received 33 proposals involving more than 625 individuals representing multiple campuses and all 14 colleges.

The proposals were assessed and scored by a distinguished panel of internal and external reviewers. Based on the recommendation of these panel reviews and the Executive Team, I am pleased to announce that the following six proposals were selected to move forward:

  • Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Disease Detection, Treatment and Prevention
  • Prevention and Treatment of Chronic Brain Injury
  • Personalized Food and Nutritional Metabolic Profiling to Improve Health
  • Resilient, Sustainable and Global Food Security for Health
  • Sustainability Science for Materials Innovation
  • Translational Materials and Innovation: Accelerating Global Sustainability

As a next step, the DTI Executive Team will work with proposal leadership teams and respective college leaders to refine the implementation plans for these big ideas, including the recruitment of new faculty.

The creativity and the broad collaboration represented by these proposals reaffirm that we’re on the right track to position Ohio State as the go-to institution for solutions to the technological, social and environmental issues that define our global world.

I’ll be back in touch this fall with more information about our Discovery Themes recruiting efforts.


Joseph E. Steinmetz, Ph.D.
Executive Vice President and Provost