The President's Challenge


The President’s Challenge has been developed in partnership with the Johnson Controls Foundation, to provide a $250,000, two-year grant for one interdisciplinary, collaborative proposal that seeks to change the trajectory of lives in our community by addressing one or more of the critical areas in which neighborhood inequities exist, including health, education, safety, housing, transportation and economic prosperity.

View the President's Challenge team posters.

Congratulations to the winner of the 2018 President's Challenge, The Next Step Clinic!
Read more.


Applicants must be represented by at minimum, a five-person team that will participate in grant activities. Each team must be comprised of:

  1. At least one faculty member from each of the following areas:
      • STEM-related;
      • Social Sciences; and,
      • Humanities
  2. A substantial partnership with a community organization (including non-profit, public entity, or business).

If you're looking for a team, please fill out one of our online forms by April 6, 2018 to be included in a list of possible partners. There is a separate form for Marquette faculty, staff and students, and community partners. Faculty will receive the list of possible partners by April 13, 2018. Potential partners should be contacted by May 1, 2018.


February 12, 2018 (3:30-4:30 p.m.)
University Information Session
Alumni Memorial Union, Ballroom E
1442 W. Wisconsin Ave.

March 6, 2018
Community Information Sessions (PowerPoint Presentation):

  • Neighborhood House Milwaukee
    2819 W. Richardson Place
    Milwaukee, WI 53208
    4:30-5:30 p.m.
  • Journey House
    2110 W. Scott Street
    Milwaukee, WI 53204
    6-7 p.m.

April 6, 2018
Deadline to submit interest forms for those looking to find a team. There is a separate form for Marquette faculty, staff and students, and community partners.

May 1, 2018
Potential partners who submitted interest forms online should be contacted by this date.

May 16, 2018 (3 - 4:30 p.m.)
The President’s Challenge: Team-building and Team Support Event
AMU, 227 (1442 W Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53233)

Interested faculty members, staff, students, and community organizations are invited to continue to facilitate opportunities to create meaningful partnerships at this event.


June 28, 2018 (8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.)
Team Formation & Solution Development Workshop (RSVP)
AMU, 227 (1442 W Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53233)
One-day workshop to create, or improve, strong, diverse teams that have ideas to solve community challenges. Learn more online.

September 1-15, 2018
Open session / office hours for application completion

September 15-30, 2018
Budget preparation workshop

September 30, 2018 (5 p.m.)
President's Challenge proposals due