UCL Grand Challenges


Cross disciplinary working

A large part of the Grand Challenges approach is bringing researchers together from diverse disciplines. We aim to support academics from across the university to explore collaborative working with colleagues with knowledge outside their areas of expertise, on the premise that solutions to the greatest challenges rarely come from one field alone.

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At our Grand Challenges Showcase event, we asked some of the project teams that we have supported over the years to tell us how working in a cross-disciplinary way helped them.

UCL Research Domains

We are not alone in this endeavour, as the UCL Research Domains also aim to bring like-minded people together. 

We often work in collaboration with the UCL Research Domains: larger, cross-disciplinary research communities that span UCL's 11 faculties and partner organisations, building interaction, collaboration, and income generation. We believe that by bringing together a critical mass of expertise we can undertake internationally leading research in our key areas of strength.

Academics in the following fields are encouraged to join a Research Domain to develop new collaborations and benefit from development opportunities, particularly for early career researchers.

UCL Lancet Commissions

Thanks to our expertise in varied fields and support from the Grand Challenges, UCL has been able to take the lead on many high level Commissions which have their work published in The Lancet.


The Grand Challenges programme not only fosters novel partnerships between researchers at UCL from different disciplines; the programme also encourages collaboration with external organisations, both academic and non-academic.

You can read more about the external partnerships run by the Grand Challenges, including global initiatives, such as:

Contact Us

To find out more about what the Grand Challenges can offer you, including:

  • help finding a collaborator, either within UCL or an external partner
  • help accessing funding opportunities
  • help getting your cross-disciplinary work out to the public, policymakers or industry

...contact us by emailing grand-challenges@ucl.ac.uk to speak to a member of the team