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 for a healthier future.

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Food and AgriCultural Transformation (InFACT)

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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Global Arts + Humanities

Breaking down barriers to meaningful collaboration and creating an inclusive culture that empowers faculty, staff and students to foster social change

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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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  • Provost's Discovery Themes Lecturer Program: Nancy Zimpher

    December 18, 2019 Event: January 28, 2020. In the deep land-grant tradition, service to community is at the core of that amazing legacy. But the shift from largely rural popul...

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  • Provost's Discovery Themes Lecturer Program: Eli Pariser

    August 23, 2019 Event: October 15, 2019. Seven years ago, Eli Pariser published The Filter Bubble and introduced a new phrase into the lexicon. Today, we're all living in a ...

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  • World Food Day 2019

    August 21, 2019 Join us for a three-day series of events this October for World Food Day. Events will highlight World Food Day's aim to promote worldwide awareness and actio...

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