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In response to the scale and urgency of challenges facing the world today Stanford is creating new ways of accelerating solutions  and delivering them beyond our walls. Addressing issues like racial injustice, rising healthcare costs, climate change and unequal learning opportunities will involve rethinking existing ways of carrying out research and turning ideas into action.

This theme also includes accelerators that foster partnerships with collaborators in the public, private and social sectors to accelerate the pace at which breakthrough discoveries are translated into solutions for the world’s most pressing problems.

Stanford Impact Labs

Stanford Impact Labs is an accelerator that creates an innovative research and development pipeline for the social sciences, connecting researchers with leaders in the public, social and private sectors to develop evidence-driven solutions to social problems.


Innovative Medicines Accelerator (IMA)

The IMA overcomes obstacles in developing new medicines by building on and extending existing Stanford resources while also filling in gaps that have made it difficult for some research advances to reach patients.

Transforming Learning Accelerator

Transforming Learning Accelerator emphasizes a student-centered approach to the science and design of learning, harnessing multidisciplinary faculty, external partnerships and teaching networks to improve educational experiences for all.


A school focused on climate and sustainability will become the campus hub for sustainability education and research, and will provide new mechanisms for creating and scaling solutions to urgent challenges facing our planet now and in the future.

Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access in a Learning Community (IDEAL)

IDEAL ensures that diversity is represented across the academic enterprise—from the makeup of our faculty and student body, to the way we educate our students and carry out research. IDEAL also focuses our research and educational endeavors on helping society more broadly to fight the scourge of racism.