UCL Grand Challenges


Transformative Technology

Launched in 2016, the UCL Grand Challenge of Transformative Technology looks at how innovation and technology can have far-reaching benefits for society and the planet.

This Grand Challenge will fund cross-disciplinary work at UCL and with partner organisations, with a focus on priority themes of food, disability innovation, social impacts of new technology, data for good, and nature-inspired engineering.

Led by scholars from UCL’s Engineering and Science & Technology departments, it will foster engagement from across the university, aiming to create new collaborations that produce real-world impact. Find out more about who’s involved.

Transformative Technology is one of six UCL Grand Challenges – find out more about how the whole programme works.


Our launch events, 6th-16th June 2017

Find out more about a series of events looking at the interplay between technology, arts, and nature

Funding opportunities now live

UCL PhD students can apply for a unique opportunity to attend a Disability Innovation Prize Workshop in the week beginning 10th July 2017. The workshop will culminate in the awarding of a Disability Innovation Prize - funding of up to £10,000 for the project team with the most outstanding and innovative solution to a disability challenge.

Find out more and apply for the chance to attend the Disability Innovation Prize Workshop before the deadline of 9am, Monday 3rd July 2017.

Who we are

Find out more about the people behind the Grand Challenge of Transformative Technology, including our academic leaders.

Contact us

Get in touch with the Grand Challenge of Transformative Technology with your suggestions, questions and ideas.