A new model for 21st century problem solving

Solving today’s interconnected challenges requires more than any one individual, discipline, or even organization. It requires diverse clusters of interdisciplinary expertise and experience, each focused on a global problem and its contexts and perspectives. We call these clusters Impact Engines. 

A new model for 21st century problem solving

Solving today’s interconnected challenges requires more than any one individual, discipline, or even organization. It requires diverse clusters of interdisciplinary expertise and experience, each focused on a global problem and its contexts and perspectives. We call these clusters Impact Engines. 

WHAT ARE IMPACT ENGINES?

Impact Engines galvanize and organize interdisciplinary learning, research, and partnerships around solving a challenge or set of challenges, with the goal of maximum impact. Impact Engines span disciplines, colleges, campuses, and industry sectors, connecting diverse communities of problem-solvers around creating measurable change. They are a key pillar of the university’s new academic plan, and a means for Northeastern to claim leadership as an institution with broad societal impact.

PROPOSE AN IMPACT ENGINE

There is no one-size-fits-all model for what constitutes an Impact Engine. The Office of the Provost welcomes you to submit a proposal for funding and resources to launch, develop, or scale your ideas. Proposals across a spectrum of size, scope, and activity will be considered and are reviewed on a rolling basis.