Introducing the future of 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. 

Interested in submitting a proposal?

Do you or your team have an idea that can address a societal problem through cross-disciplinary collaboration?

We’d love to hear from you.

Impact Engines

RWHN

RWHN

Real-World Healthcare Navigator

iSUPER

iSUPER

Healthier Air and People: Intelligent Solutions to Urban Pollution for Equity and Resilience

HEA(RT)

HEA(RT)

Healthcare Enabled by AI in Real Time

eA2M

eA2M

Experiential Associate to Master's

ADA

ADA

Advanced Design Augmentation (ADA) Through AI for Socially-Aware Product Design

Impact Accelerators

CBH

CBH

Cognitive and Brain Health

C2C

C2C

City to City: Finding Equitable Solutions to Local Policy Problems

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.

WHAT ARE IMPACT ACCELERATORS?

There is no all-encompassing model for pursuing viable solutions to the world’s most complex problems. Impact Accelerators (IAs) include multiple avenues for impact within specific thematic areas. IA teams seek to uncover problems within their thematic areas and tackle these problems in order to maximize impact.

Impact Accelerators will provide additional pathways for our talented community to incubate and validate Impact Engines that will make a profound societal impact. Teams who wish to submit proposals and believe they fall into the category of an Impact Accelerator should still follow the Impact Engine proposal process here.

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.