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Welcome to Research Development: Bridging Barriers

Our Grand Challenges are Moonshots

Bridging Barriers is a Research Development Initiative that serves as an incubator for high-impact interdisciplinary projects at The University of Texas at Austin. We achieve this by supporting researchers from across the Forty Acres as they form broad teams tasked with identifying urgent issues — and figuring out the best way to solve them in less than a decade. UT researchers are partnering with communities, nonprofits, local government agencies, and industry leaders to design solutions that have real-world impact.


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Good Systems

AI technologies can help build smarter cities by using data to improve services, such as public safety, transit systems, and emergency response. They can also help us evaluate how new infrastructure, such as public transportation lines, will affect access to housing, jobs, and public services.

Planet Texas 2050

Working with frontline communities allows us to better understand the effects that carbon emissions have on health, as well as the challenges and opportunities behind decarbonization.

Good Systems

Older adults are especially vulnerable to believing and circulating disinformation online, and we want to enable this population to use social media more responsibly.

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April 20, 2023
Whole Communities–Whole Health
All Public Health Campaigns Are (Not) Created Equal
May 3, 2023
Good Systems
Ghosts in the Machine

Bridging Barriers Support Team