UCL Grand Challenges Small Grants awarded to 22 new projects

26 April 2013

22 new research projects have been awarded funding of up to £5,000 through the 2013 UCL Grand Challenges Small Grants Scheme.

The scheme funds cross-disciplinary collaborations between staff in different UCL departments under the broad headings of Global Health, Sustainable Cities, Intercultural Interaction and Human Wellbeing.

Click here to read more about the projects which have been funded.

The successful applicants are: 

Grand Challenge of Global Health

An integrated approach to HIV and AIDS and informal settlements in sub-Saharan Africa
Dr Colin Marx (Bartlett Development Planning Unit) & Dr Sarah Hawkes (Institute for Global Health)

A life history approach to diabetes in rural India
Professor Jonathan Wells (Institute of Child Health) & Dr Andrea Migliano (Anthropology)

Examining the feasibility and ethical acceptability of providing cause of death information to families of the deceased in rural Nepal
Dr Joanna Morrison (Institute for Global Health) & Dr James Wilson (Centre for Philosophy, Justice & Health)

Adaptation to milk drinking in Chilean goat herders; the role of genetics and selection
Professor Dallas Swallow (Faculty of Life Sciences) & Professor Ruth Mace (Faculty of Social & Historical Sciences)

A Smartphone App for Neonatal Jaundice
Dr Terence Leung (Medical Physics & Bioengineering) & Dr Judith Meek (UCLH)

Grand Challenge of Human Wellbeing

Medical (In)humanities
Dr Stephanie Bird (School of European Languages, Culture & Society) & Dr Peter Zusi (School of Slavonic & East European Studies)

How to get on (with) a bus: A pilot study of wheelchair users’ engagement with research on bus accessibility
Dr Brian Balmer (Science & Technology Studies) & Dr Catherine Holloway (Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering)

Socio-cognitive skills in children with visual impairment
Dr. Michelle de Haan (Institute of Child Health) & Dr. Naomi Dale (Institute of Child Health)

Sporting Chance: testing the evolutionary determinants of health in inner city schools        
Gustav Milne (Institute of Archaelogy) & Dr Benjamin Gardener Sood (Epidemiology & Public Health)

The Social Web, a Community Technology for Healthy Ageing
Dr Rodney Reynolds (Instute for Global Health) & Dr Dylan Kneale (Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering)

Distress in elderly renal patients    
Dr David Wheeler (Centre for Nephrology) & Dr Joseph Low (Mental Health Sciences)

Grand Challenge of Intercultural Interaction

Transnational Slade: mapping the diaspora of an art school
Dr Amna Malik (Slade School of Fine Art) & Dr Melissa Terras  (Information Studies)

Ideas of African sculpture in archaeology and art in modern Britain: Jacob Epstein, Flinders Petrie, Ronald Moody and Edna Manley
Dr Gemma Romain (Geography) & Dr Debbie Challis (Petrie Museum)                    

John Donne’s Conversions, 1613–2013
Daniel Smith (English) & Dr Jason Peacey (History)

Coordination and Collaboration
William Steptoe (Computer Science) & Dr Daniel Richardson (Cognitive, Perceptual & Brain Sciences)

Trust and Distrust in the Eastern Bloc and the Soviet Union, 1956-1991
Dr Alexey Tikhomirov (School of Slavonic & East European Studies) & Professor Mary Fulbrook (School of European Languages, Culture & Society)

Increasing Awareness of Organ Donation in Black and Minority Ethnic Groups
Dr Cecil Thompson (UCLH) & Bimbi Fernando (UCLH)

Grand Challenge of Sustainable Cities

Blackout prevention and solutions through multi-disciplinary techniques
Dr Catalina Spataru (UCL Energy Institute) & Dr Hervé Borrion (Department of Security & Crime Studies)

Behaviour change: reducing waste

Professor Susan Michie (Clinical, Educational & Health Psychology) & Richard Jackson (Estates)



Assessment of alternative transport models for Havana

Dr Emily Morris (Institute of the Americas) & Dr Julio Davila (Development Planning Unit)


The suburban food basket: the role of spatial setting and social context in providing access to healthy food

Dr Shaun Scholes (Epidemiology & Public Health) & Professor Laura Vaughan (Bartlett School of Graduate Studies)

Cities for Human Locomotion
Dr Stephen Marshall (Bartlett School of Planning) & Professor Nick Tyler (Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering)