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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 right now:

Grand Challenges Small Grants

Awards for GC small grant-supported cross-disciplinary collaborative activities in 2017-18 were made in June 2017, following closure of the 2017 call for proposals on 22 May. The next call for GC small grant proposals, for collaborative activities in 2018-19, will be announced in January 2018.

UCL - Hong Kong University partnership awards

UCL connects with the Hong Kong University (HKU) Strategic Partnerships Fund through the Grand Challenges programme. Facilitated by the UCL Global Engagement Office, a new (2016-17) inter-institutional partnership with HKU encourages cross-disciplinary collaboration in support of research addressing global challenges, particularly issues affecting Hong Kong and its region of Asia. The first Call for proposals, early in 2016-17, resulted in two awards:

  1. ‘Writing in the City’ – to Professor Li Wei of the Culture, Communication and Media department at the UCL Institute of Education, collaborating with Professor Adam Jaworski, HKU’s School of English 
  2. 'Non-pharmacological interventions in dementia’ – to Dr Aimee Spector, of UCL Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology, collaborating with Dr Gloria HY Wong and Professor Terry YS Lum of HKU’s Department of Social Work and Social Administration

Successful UCL applicants receive up to £10k, while their HKU counterparts receive up to HK$100k, facilitating each side’s activity in a joint study.

The next deadline for proposals, for UCL-HKU collaborative activity in academic year 2017-18, is 31 August 2017. Read the scheme guidance and submit your application online.