Sustainable LA Grand Challenge announces Sandpit 2020, up to $1 million for promising research

September 1, 2020

The UCLA Sustainable LA Grand Challenge is pleased to invite all UCLA faculty to participate in the Sustainable LA Grand Challenge (SLA GC) Sandpit 2020. The cross-campus exercise will culminate in a funding award up to $1 million for promising research.

What is a Sandpit?

A Sandpit is typically a multi-day immersive workshop that engages 20-30 participants from diverse disciplines in collaborative thinking in pursuit of innovative research ideas to address pressing challenges.

Given the challenges and restrictions for in-person gatherings due to COVD-19, the SLA GC Sandpit 2020 will be entirely virtual with a series of activities beginning September 9, 2020 and ending in early December 2020. The Sandpit concludes with a pitch event where research teams present proposals to a jury and compete for funding and ongoing fundraising support. 

What to expect

Participants will attend a series of facilitated virtual workshops and events that help faculty explore, collaborate and develop research projects that advance UCLA’s goal of helping Los Angeles become the most sustainable megacity by 2050. We aim to facilitate cross-disciplinary exploration of four key topics including Energy, Transportation, Water and Ecosystems, as well as six cross-cutting themes:

-Equity, access and justice

-Climate and environment

-Law, policy and economics

-Human health and well-being

-Culture, design and land use

-Science, technology and innovation

Research proposals must be submitted by multi-disciplinary teams of faculty (ideally with representation from both North and South campus).

Want to learn more?

Interested faculty are encouraged to review the SLA GC Sandpit 2020 Overview for more information. 

The SLA GC Sandpit 2020 will officially launch with a virtual kick-off call on September 9, 2020 from noon-12:45 pm (recording available for later viewing).

Faculty who are committed to participation are asked to complete the Intent to Participate form no later than September 18, 2020

The Sustainable LA Grand Challenge Sandpit 2020 is made possible through a generous gift from the Anthony and Jeanne Pritzker Family Foundation.