UCL Grand Challenges


The Programme Landscape

UCL’s six Grand Challenges encourage, facilitate, and support cross-disciplinary collaboration both within UCL and through external partnerships. Activities may be based on ideas stemming from 'bottom-up' grass-roots thinking or responses to 'top-down' programme priorities. 

Each of the six Grand Challenges has its own Priority Themes: research areas within which strategic work will be delivered, as represented by the coloured columns in the diagram below. You can find out about each Grand Challenge's Priority Themes on its dedicated web page.

In addition, each Grand Challenge will lead on a ‘mega-theme’, cutting across all six Grand Challenges. Over the coming academic years, we aim to develop portfolios of 'cognate projects' responding to each mega-theme, comprising contributions from each of the six GCs. The mega-themes are:

•    Migration & Displacement, led by GCGH
•    Future Cities, led by GCSC
•    Adolescent Lives, led by GCCU
•    Society's Response to Ageing, led by GCHW
•    Access and Participation, led by GCJE
•    Food, led by GCTT

Grand Challenges mega themes