UCL Grand Challenges


The Programme Landscape

The six Grand Challenges in the programme encourage, facilitate and support cross-disciplinary collaboration within UCL and external partnerships. Activities may be based on ideas stemming from 'bottom-up' grass-roots thinking or responses to 'top-down' GC programmatic priorities. Now more strategic than in its first, four-GCs phase, the programme emphasises Priority Themes within each Grand Challenge and Mega-themes stretching across all six GCs.

Priority Themes for each Grand Challenge

Each of the six Grand Challenges has identified Priority Themes: research areas within which its strategic work will be delivered. You can find out about each Grand Challenge's Priority Themes and the progress they are making on them, on its dedicated website:

Grand Challenge of Global Heath
Grand Challenge of Sustainable Cities
Grand Challenge of Human Wellbeing
Grand Challenge of Cultural Understanding
Grand Challenge of Transformative Technology
Grand Challenge of Justice & Equality

Pan-Grand Challenge Mega-themes

In addition to within-GC Priority Themes, each Grand Challenge will lead on a cross-cutting Mega-theme. Over the next academic years, we aim to develop portfolios of 'cognate projects' responding to each Mega-theme, comprising contributions from each of the six GCs. Details of the Mega-themes can be found on the respective Grand Challenge web pages.