The NAE Transfers GCSP Network Office Operations to Consortium of Higher-Ed Institutions

Mon, October 26, 2020

After six years of nurturing and developing the Grand Challenges Scholars Program (GCSP) into the premiere undergraduate engineering initiative it is today, the NAE has determined that the time is right to transfer the day-to-day management and operations of the GCSP network office to a consortium of higher-education institutions.  

This decision fulfills the original goal of the GCSP: a community-led endeavor to generate intended impacts in engineering education and professionalism. Universities and colleges around the world bring an expanded capability beyond what the NAE can offer, especially with the participants and beneficiaries themselves: students.

The NAE will begin officially transitioning the responsibilities of the GCSP Network to Arizona State University starting November 1, 2020. The full transition is expected to be completed by March 31, 2022. Funding from the Kern Family Foundation to ASU will generously support this transition. The NAE expects the community-led endeavor initially under the leadership of Arizona State University to be self-sustaining as the community assumes responsibility for the GCSP’s ongoing programmatic management and development. After the full transition, the NAE commits to continue providing annual recognition to graduating GCSP scholars by working closely with the community-led GCSP Network office.


Amy Trowbridge
Academic and Student Affairs,  Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering
Arizona State University 
Sherri Hunter
National Academy of Engineering