Arthur Lupia

Executive Director – Bold Challenges


Office of the Vice President for Research
1109 Geddes Ave., 1300 Ruthven Building
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1079

Assistant: Megan Kashani, executive assistant,

Arthur Lupia is Executive Director of Bold Challenges, OVPR’s program to facilitate large-scale research projects that create opportunity, empower communities, and change the world. At Michigan, Lupia is also the Gerald R Ford Distinguished University Professor and a recipient of U-M’s President’s Award for Public Impact.

From 2018-2022, Lupia served as Assistant Director of the National Science Foundation, leading its Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences Directorate. While at NSF, he also co-chaired the government-wide Subcommittee on Open Science for the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Lupia is a member of the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine’s Strategic Council for Research Excellence, Integrity, and Trust. In this role, and in work with other science organizations, Lupia offers strategy and leadership in attempts to increase the public value of research. Lupia is a recipient of Guggenheim and Carnegie Fellowships and an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.