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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 is open from Monday 3 April 2017 until 9am Monday 22 May 2017, for activity taking place between 1 August 2017 and 31 July 2018.

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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 is now open to support cross-disciplinary activities taking place from 1 August 2017 to 31 July 2018. 

  • Closing date: 9am, Monday, 22nd May 2017

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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.  There are two components: Policy Engagement Awards which offer responsive-mode funding to support applications to increase research-policy engagement; and Policy Challenge Awards to support applications which respond to a particular challenge set by our external policy channel. 

How much is available?

Up to £2,000 available for Policy Challenge Awards; up to £4,000 available for Policy Engagement Awards.

Who can apply?

All academic and research staff and PhD students.

When can I apply?

Applications are invited from 5 September to 17 October. Activities must be carried out before 31 July 2017.

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