Our Mission

Bold Challenges Team Members

Arthur Lupia

Associate Vice President for Research, Large Scale Strategies

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Senior Director of Research Development

Kelsey Ebbs

Kelsey Ebbs

Assistant Director

Email: klucinda@umich.edu

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Research Development Officer

Sean O'Connor

Sean O’Connor

Program Manager

Email: spoconno@umich.edu

Adrianna Trusiak

Research Development Officer

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Research Development Officer

Bold Challenges events and programs are designed to support core the objectives:

  • Increases cross-school collaboration, public impact, and U-M’s competitiveness for large grants on essential challenges.
  • Forecasts funding opportunities and identifies comparative advantages.
  • Offers broad and inclusive pathways to large-scale external research funding.
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Bold Challenges events empower U-M researchers to:

Meet collaborators

Learn from funders

Engage stakeholders

Improve communication

Enhance leadership skills

Build diverse, dynamic teams

Create stronger proposals

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The programs offer different levels of expert support for proposal development and funding opportunities for activities that are necessary for strong proposals

BOOST is Bold Challenges’ Team Development Program. It empowers diverse and dynamic cross-school research groups to generate competitive large-scale proposals.

ACCELERATE is Bold Challenges’ Advanced Consulting Program. It offers a rigorous approach for cross-school teams ready to submit large proposals within the next 18 months.