The University of Utah is leading the American Dream Ideas Challenge in Utah as a member of the Alliance for the American Dream. The Challenge aims to find, fund, and develop policy and technology innovations from individuals or groups in Utah that have the potential to raise net income by 10 percent for 10,000 of the state’s middle-class households by 2020. This statewide Ideas Challenge welcomes creative proposals that focus on sustainable ways to expand access to and increase the stability of the middle class in Utah — whether through policy ideas or investable concepts for public benefit. We are particularly interested in innovative and interdisciplinary solutions in the areas of health care, workforce development, education, transportation, housing and supports for families.

The Alliance for the American Dream, an initiative of Schmidt Futures, consists of four public universities aiming to promote shared prosperity and increase American competitiveness. Through its work, the Alliance seeks to raise the level of collective ambition in driving the breadth, depth, and pace of innovation across the country; inspire further investment in research and development from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors; and create effective partnerships between those with great ideas and the engineers, computer scientists, policymakers, investors, and others who are turning ideas into action.

The American Dream Ideas Challenge is being led by project director Dr. Courtney McBeth, special assistant to President Ruth V. Watkins.


Below are answers to commonly asked questions about the American Dream Ideas Challenge. If you can not find the information you are looking for, please email americandream@utah.edu.