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In fall 2015, leaders at UC Davis put forth a call for Big Ideas that demonstrate ways the university can impact the world for good and offer potential donors the opportunity to make a meaningful impact with their contributions.

Interest from across the university was unprecedented – nearly 200 ideas were received from faculty, staff and students. These ideas included innovative and ambitious plans in water, sustainability, human rights, food, human and animal medicine, and more.

Submissions were reviewed and selected to move forward by a campaign steering committee, a group convened by the chancellor to set campaign strategy, as the university gears up for its second comprehensive fundraising campaign. 

The Big Ideas chosen to help propel the next fundraising campaign are interdisciplinary and transformational in the areas where UC Davis has the unique capacity to be the best. They build on the strength and foundation of UC Davis while having the capability to make a lasting positive impact in California, the nation and around the world.

We invite you to search through the Big Ideas currently featured throughout this site. Please stay tuned for more Big Ideas that will be added soon.