A large part of UCL 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.
In addition, the Grand Challenges programme not only fosters novel partnerships between researchers from different disciplines at UCL; the programme also encourages collaboration with external organisations, both academic and non-academic. Projects supported have involved many individuals and organisations outside the university - building bridges between academics and charities, lobby groups, and local authorities, in order to increase the reach of our expertise and make a difference through interventions in the real world.
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.