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Funding opportunities related to UCL 2034 for UCL staff.

Global Engagement Funds

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UCL 2034 Principal Theme 6: Delivering global impact through a network of innovative international activities, collaborations and partnerships.

What is it?

Global Engagement Funds support academics in their collaboration with colleagues based at overseas institutions, which meets one or more of the Global Engagement Strategy’s drivers.

How much is available?

The Global Engagement Fund awards are between £500 and £2,000 (£4,000 for applicants in the Social & Historical Sciences or Arts & Humanities faculties).

Who can apply?

Applications to the Global Engagement Funds are open to UCL staff from early-career researchers (i.e. lecturers and postdocs – provided the contract covers the spend period) to academics (including clinical and senior professors).

The activity must be in collaboration with one or more named 'global partner(s)', that is, one or more colleague(s)/research team(s)/department(s), based at an overseas HEI, research institute or international public/corporate body.

When can I apply?

The application window for the 2017/18 scheme has now closed - the results are due to be announced w/c 24 July 2017.

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Grand Challenges small grants

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UCL 2034 Principal Theme 3: Addressing global challenges through our disciplinary excellence and distinctive cross-disciplinary approach.

What is it?

UCL Grand Challenges brings researchers together, from diverse fields of expertise, to address global problems of societal importance.  The Small Grants scheme encourages and supports cross-disciplinary activity based on scholarly excellence in different fields with the aim of producing novel insights and impacts both within our university, and beyond it in wider society.

How much is available?

Up to £4,000 available for a wide range of societally relevant cross-disciplinary activities, around six broad themes.

Who can apply?

Applications must be led by UCL academic staff (postdoctoral level/equivalent or above, or those with an honorary appointment), employed/based in different faculties.  Applications must address a Grand Challenge Priority Theme.

When can I apply?

The 2017-18 call has now closed.  The 2018-19 call will open in early 2018.  

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Knowledge Exchange and Innovation Funding

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What is it?

The aim of the call is to stimulate innovation at UCL by supporting impact and knowledge exchange activities aligned with the core themes of the UCL 2034 strategy. A successor to the Proof of Concept Fund and Knowledge Exchange Champions, the scheme has been designed to support the breadth of KE and innovation activity across UCL arising from research from any discipline.

How much is available?

Up to £30,000 for pre-commercialisation projects, which must be accompanied by a specific recommendation from the relevant Business Manager of UCL Business.

Up to £15,000 is available for small Knowledge Exchange projects.

Who can apply?

The call for proposals is open to applicants from all UCL academic and professional service departments. Applications are encouraged from all subject disciplines.

When can I apply?

There are three deadlines for the submission of applications: Monday 13 February (earliest starting date 6 March); Monday 13 March (earliest starting date 10 April, tbc); Monday 15 May (earliest starting date 12 June, tbc).

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Public policy

What is it?

UCL Public Policy small grants aim to support work by the UCL community to enhance policy engagement and impact. This year the scheme will run under two main themes: 

  • Expert Engagement, engaging civic society and different publics with academic-policy engagement and discourse
  • Policy Challenges, to support applications which respond to a particular challenge set by our external policy channel.

How much is available?

A number of awards for up to £4,000 available under each of the two schemes.

Who can apply?

All academic and research staff and PhD students.

When can I apply?

Applications are invited until 2 October 2017. Awarded funds must be spent before 31 July 2018.

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