UCL Grand Challenges


UCL 2034 Grants

In 2016, the Grand Challenges awarded eight grants for projects aligned to UCL 2034, the Provost's 20 year institutional development strategy for UCL.

UCL 2034 Grand Challenges

Each of the Grand Challenges UCL 2034 Grant awards supported the goals of UCL 2034, UCL's 20-year institutional development strategy. Awards of up to £10,000 were available for co-production activity between researchers in different UCL faculties, or between UCL and external partners (academic or non-academic). The awards supported cross-disciplinary, collaborative, outwardly facing activities, which would develop Principal Theme 3 of the UCL 2034 strategy, ‘Addressing global challenges’, while also supporting the development of at least one of the other principal themes.

UCL 2034 Principal Themes

1. Academic leadership
2. Integration of research and education
3. Addressing global challenges
4. Accessible and publicly engaged
5. London’s Global University
6. Delivering global impact

The scheme was very popular, resulting in 83 applications with a total request for funding of over £660,000. The eight awards detailed below were funded with a total of £64,000 from the UCL Grand Challenges programme.

Human Wellbeing

Connecting wearable sensors

  • Dr Sally Day (Engineering Sciences) and
  • Professor Sandy Black (London College of Fashion)

Awarded £8,439

Paralympicopolis: A pop-up Global Disability Innovation Hub

  • Dr Maria Kett (Population Health Sciences) and
  • Paul Brickell (London Legacy Development Corporation)

Awarded £10,000

Refugees as humanitarian professionals: understanding the role of Syrian refugees in community-based service delivery in Lebanon

  • Tejendra Pherali (Institute of Education) and
  • Dr Karl Blanchet (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine)

Awarded £9,905

Cultural Understanding

Facilitating the introduction of brief psychological interventions to China

  • Dr Caroline Selai (Brain Sciences) and
  • Dr Katharine Carruthers (Institute of Education)

Awarded £1,200

Transnational engagement via networked performances

  • Professor Nick Tyler (Engineering Sciences) and
  • Don Foresta (MARCEL)

Awarded £9,110 

Sustainable Cities

Making Olympicopolis Work for Youth: building pathways to creative employment in East London

  • Dr Konrad Miciukiewicz (The Bartlett) and
  • Rosie Holcroft (London Legacy Development Corporation)

Awarded £9,988

The Circular Cities Research Hub

  • Dr Joanna Williams (The Bartlett) and
  • Stephanie Hubold (Ellen Macarthur Foundation)

Awarded £10,000