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Doctoral Students' Small Grants

A collaboration between the UCL Grand Challenges and the UCL Doctoral School to fund doctoral students.

In early 2017 Grand Challenges and the UCL Doctoral School joined forces and announced a small grants call offering awards of up to £2,000 for pairs of doctoral students from different faculties for research-informed, societally relevant, cross-disciplinary activities to be undertaken in academic year 2017-18. The call welcomed ideas for diverse types of joint activity including workshops, conferences, surveys, intervention research at community level, public engagement or interaction events addressing research challenges.

2018-19

Global Health

Human Wellbeing

  • Mental health crisis in midlife – generating hypotheses to guide future research on potential causes of the crisis
  • What are you looking for?: Development of a novel spatial memory test for children
  • Using Ecological Momentary Assessment to Identify Within- Person Influences on Health- Related Behaviours: A Workshop to Inform Cancer Prevention Research at UCL and Beyond

Transformative Technology

  • Automatic Prediction of Brand Personality: A Natural Language Processing Approach

Justice & Equality

  • Inclusive city planning: Social impacts of economic urban infrastructure in Colombia
  • Gender-Based Planning for Safe Cities and Safe Public Spaces
  • Human Rights and Environmental Impact of Mining in Chile

2018-19: Microbiology Domain

Global Health

  • Characterising the respiratory resistome in chronic lung disease using novel metagenomics approaches
  • An untapped resource: evaluating the use of hospital resected lung collections for characterising the within-host genetic diversity of drug-resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis

Transformative Technology

  • Enzymatic degradation of plastic: Identification of polyethylene-degrading enzymes in Bacillus sp. YP1 and evolution of PET hydrolase for more efficient degradation of PET plastic
  • Unravelling the microbiomes in the cheese making process: from raw milk to mature cheese

2017-18: First Call

Global Health

Sustainable Cities

  • Earthquake Preparedness First Aid Kit- A Video Series
  • In Otto Koeniger’s footsteps – workshops to encourage engagement
  • between HEIs and cities for Government of India’s Smart Cities Mission
  • Initiative. 

Cultural Understanding

  • Traditional Herbal Knowledge in the 21st century: Research Challenges and Future Prospects
  • Beyond Medical Practice: Cultural and Linguistic Training of Refugee Doctors for Integration and Employment in the UK
  • The usage of moving image as a scientific tool in technology versus an entertainment tool in art – International Interdisciplinary Conference 

Human Wellbeing

  • Identifying vulnerabilities in school-based infrastructure that facilitate violence
  • against girls/female students in schools in New Delhi, India
  • Men’s reading forum: discussing masculinity and ageing
  • Interdisciplinary approach to research on social relationships and health across the lifespan
  • Bridging the gap: environment and wellbeing across disciplines
  • Evaluating assessment tools for anxiety in boys with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

Transformative Technology

  • Workshop on Quantum Computing and Thermodynamics
  • Quantum Secrets of Photosynthesis
  • An art/science collaboration in renewable hydrogen energy for public events
  • Transforming Immunotherapy with Nature-Inspired Engineering

Justice & Equality

  • First UCL Interdisciplinary Conference on Disability: Breaking Barriers Towards a Just and Equal World