What We Do

As stated by the National Science Foundation, “The grand challenges of today – protecting human health; understanding the food, energy, water nexus; exploring the universe at all scales – will not be solved by one discipline alone. They require convergence: the merging of ideas, approaches and technologies from widely diverse fields of knowledge to stimulate innovation and discovery.”

I³R will grow convergence research and foster collaboration to address the Grand Challenges.

Initial Grand Challenge: Metabolic Health

Human: The World Within


I³R’s Adaptive Neural Systems Group exemplifies the Institute and its people – driven by purpose. Watch their groundbreaking work in restoring sense of touch to individuals with limb loss, featured in the episode “React” on Human: The World Within on Netflix and PBS