UCL Grand Challenges


Funding opportunities for UCL researchers

The Grand Challenges supports the work of researchers at UCL through strategic funding - allied to our Priority Themes - alongside 'bottom up' funding opportunities, for which any UCL academic can apply, partnering with at least one colleague from a different academic faculty.

All of the work that the Grand Challenges supports, through strategic support or small grant funding opportunities, help to build relationships across UCL and are aimed at achieving impact: going some way towards solving one of the Grand Challenges facing our world.

'Bottom up' funding opportunities that UCL academics and researchers can apply for:

Grand Challenges Small Grants

The Grand Challenges Small Grants scheme stimulates new cross-disciplinary collaborations between researchers from different faculties at UCL, in order to address societally significant problems.

Up to £4,000 is available for a wide range of research-informed, societally relevant, cross-disciplinary activities undertaken from 1 August 2017 to 31 July 2018

Proposals must address a Priority Theme relating to one of the six UCL Grand Challenges.

Further details and how to apply

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

UCL 2034 Funding Opportunities

UCL 2034 is the University's 20-year strategy, aimed at steering UCL towards its vision:

" Our distinctive approach to research, education and innovation will further inspire our community of staff, students and partners to transform how the world is understood, how knowledge is created and shared and the way that global problems are solved.

As part of UCL 2034, there are several funding schemes that seek to develop the strategy, focusing on Global Engagement, Public Policy, Innovation & Enterprise and the Grand Challenges.

The Grand Challenges scheme can offer up to £4,000 to support cross-disciplinary activities; the 2017-18 call is now open for activities taking place from 1 August 2017 to 31 July 2018. 

Find out more and apply before the closing date: 9am, Monday, 22nd May 2017.

UCL - Hong Kong University partnership awards

A new link between UCL and Hong Kong University (HKU) is set to benefit the Grand Challenges programme. The new partnership between HKU and UCL specifically encourages cross-disciplinary collaboration in support of research addressing global challenges, particularly issues affecting Hong Kong and its region of Asia. The first applications - joint proposals from UCL and HKU for funding - were submitted in January 2017; we hope to announce the winner or winners of these first award(s) in April 2017.

We will be encouraging new applications under this initiative in August 2017.