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UCL Grand Challenges Small Grants 2019/20

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Up to £7.5k of funding available now!

UCL researchers are invited to apply for Grand Challenges funding through the latest round of Small Grants. We are looking for teams who can use academic insights to address current social issues.

There is up to £7,500 available per project funded, but we welcome applications for smaller amounts.

Find out more and apply by 21st June*.

*Submit your proposal before 23.59 on Friday 21 June

Projects must be led by applicants from different disciplines, and can include third sector, or other external partners as relevant to the project proposed.

Find Out More and Apply

Environment and Wellbeing

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Environment and Wellbeing

Apply by 12:00 (noon) on Friday 22 February 2019.

N.B. Funding must be used before the 31 July 2019, although activities can run beyond that date.

Find out more and apply

Social & Ethical Aspects of Artificial Intelligence

Social and Ethical Aspects of Artificial Intelligence

Apply by Monday 25 February 2019

Grants of up to £5,000 are available for cross-disciplinary activities under the Grand Challenge of Transformative Technology theme of 'Responsible Innovation'.  

N.B. Funding must be used before the 31 July 2019, although activities can run beyond that date.

Find out more and apply

Dive Into Data 2019

Dive into Data challenge 2019

Deadline for expression of interest is 18 January 2019.

This year's data challenge is offering a prize of £500 for insights into the Grand Challenges Priority Themes for Sustainable Cities, Cultural Understanding or Human Wellbeing. Prizes will be awarded for the best use of data held by the Consumer Data Research Centre, and we welcome expressions of interest from UCL academics, researchers and master’s students with interest in data from any discipline.

You can read all about the call on the eResearch Domain website. If you have any questions about the challenge, please contact Dr Valerie Karaluka. 

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Migration & Displacement: Call for Proposals

Migration and Displacement
Apply by Friday 4 January 2019

Funding is available for cross-disciplinary activities under the 2018-19 mega-theme of Migration and Displacement (MD), which covers all six Grand Challenges. There are two levels of funding available:

  • £2,500 - Applications led by a doctoral student
  • £5,000 - Applications led by a postdoctoral or more senior researcher

Find out more and apply

Collaborative Science & Technology Workshops at UCL

Collaborative Science & Technology Workshops at UCL
Apply by Friday 18 January 2019

Researchers based at UCL are now invited to respond to the 7th Call for funds to organise collaborative workshops on science and technology topics. Workshops must involve participants from UCL and from research institutions in France.

  • Apply for up to £7,000 to run a workshop at UCL

 

Find out more and apply

 

UCL-HKU Partnership Award
3rd Annual Call for Proposals

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£10,000 for UCL partners

Apply before Friday 26 October 2018

UCL is a partner in the University of Hong Kong's Strategic Partnership Funding scheme. The scheme encourages cross-disciplinary research collaborations that address significant global challenges.

The joint scheme provides funding for researchers from UCL to work with researchers at the University of Hong Kong (HKU) on issues of urgent social, health and economic importance in the region.

The proposal should be no more three pages, and should be submitted to Kasia Diez in the Grand Challenges office. Full details of what should be included in the application, and who is eligible to apply, can be found in the call document.

Read about previous UCL-HKU Strategic Awards.

UCL-based collaborators should apply by 23.59 BST on Friday 26 October 2018.

Call for Proposals

Dynamics of Globalisation

Call for Proposals: Academic Year 2018-19

We now invite UCL researchers to apply for awards of up to £2,500 under the Dynamics of Globalisation call.

Find out more and apply for Dynamics of Globalisation funding

 

Doctoral Students' Small Grants: Space and Microbiology

Doctoral Students' Small Grants Scheme 2018-19: Supplementary Call

Apply by 9 am, Monday 26 November 2018

2018-19 Grand Challenges Small Grants

Deadline for Small Grants Applications

9am Tuesday, 29th May 2018

Grand Challenges awards for small grant-supported cross-disciplinary collaborative activities in 2017-18 have been made every year since the programme began in 2009. The latest awards were made in June 2017.

Find out about the latest Grand Challenges Small Grants awarded

Grand Challenges Doctoral Students' Small Grants

Deadline for Doctoral Small Grants Applications

9am Monday, 25th June 2018

This is the second year of the Grand Challenges Doctoral Students' Small Grants. You can see last year's award winners here.

Adolescent Lives: the new UCL Grand Challenges mega-theme for 2017-18

UCL researchers (including doctoral students) are invited to respond to a call for proposals addressing the GC mega-theme of Adolescent Lives.

Scope

Two tiers of funding (£2,000 to £3,000, and £6,000 to £10,000) are available for projects that explore:

  • What is adolescence? - How can adolescence be defined? How is it used and what does it mean to young people?
  • Youth Prospects - What barriers are young people facing? What are their thoughts on isolated and interconnected local to global issues? What are the best ways to support them in amplifying their opinions?
  • Youth Identities - How, and in what ways, do young people define themselves? How are identities created? How is identity and selfhood fluid?

Eligibility and application process

Proposals must be a collaboration of different disciplines among UCL researchers, and can also include external partners. We actively encourage and seek to support projects that create relationships with youth groups and, more generally, community groups. Activities should be planned to occur before Friday 28 September 2018, the awarded funds being spent by the end of UCL's 2017-2018 financial year (by 31 July 2018).

To apply, please download and complete the application formCompleted application forms should be emailed to:

Kasia Koprowska-Diez (k.diez@ucl.ac.uk) copying Dr Ian Scott (ian.scott@ucl.ac.uk) and Nenna Orie Chuku (nenna.chuku.17@ucl.ac.uk)  

Application deadline: Wednesday 31 January 2018

Questions and enquires should be sent to Dr Ian Scott (ian.scott@ucl.ac.uk)

Society's Response to Ageing: Call for Proposals for Academic Year 2017-18

Researchers based at UCL are invited to submit proposals for support of events addressing the broad theme of 'Society's Response to Ageing'. This pan-Grand Challenges initiative will provide six grants of up to £2,500 - addressing the theme from the perspective of each major Grand Challenge (GC) - Global HealthSustainable CitiesCultural UnderstandingHuman WellbeingTransformative Technology and Justice & Equality. Major research questions identified and insights generated by each GC-framed event will be gathered into a major report for presentation at a planned 2018-19 UCL-Japan Embassy symposium on the Super-Ageing Society.

To apply, please download and complete the application formCompleted application forms should be emailed to: Kasia Koprowska-Diez (k.diez@ucl.ac.uk) copying Dr Ian Scott (ian.scott@ucl.ac.uk)  

The closing date for applications is Monday 29 January 2018. 

Regular funding opportunities 

Grand Challenges Small Grants Scheme

The Small Grants have been part of the Grand Challenges since 2009, the very beginning of the programme. The annual Small Grants call supports grass-roots cross-disciplinary collaborations in all six Grand Challenges.

The call for Grand Challenges Small Grants  closed in May 2018.

Small Grants Awarded

Grand Challenges Doctoral Students Small Grants Scheme

This scheme, a collaboration with the UCL Doctoral School, offers awards of up to £2,000 for pairs of doctoral students from different faculties for research-informed, societally relevant, cross-disciplinary activities.

The call for Grand Challenges Doctoral Students Small Grants closed in June 2018.

Doctoral School Awards

French Embassy Funded Collaborative Science & Technology Workshops 

Funding from the French Embassy's Department of Science & Technology for UCL researchers to organise workshops in collaboration with research institutions in France. The most recent call made £20,000 available for up to five workshops.

The call for 2017/18 closed in January 2018.

French Embassy Funding


 

Adolescent Lives

Adolescent Lives was the pan-Grand Challenges mega-theme for 2017-18. Two tiers of funding (up to £3,000, and up to £10,000) were available for UCL researchers (including doctoral students) to address the following questions:

How can adolescence be defined?—How is it used and what does it mean to young people?

Youth Prospects—What barriers are young people facing? What are their thoughts on isolated and interconnected local to global issues? What are the best ways to support them in amplifying their opinions?

Youth IdentitiesHow, and in what ways, do young people define themselves? How are identities created? How is identity and selfhood fluid?

This call closed in January 2018 and supported work in academic year 2017/18. More information and a list of the successful projects can be accessed here.

Society's Response to Ageing

Researchers based at UCL were invited to submit proposals for events that addressed 'Society's Response to Ageing'. This pan-Grand Challenges initiative provided six grants, one for each Grand Challenge, of up to £2,500.

A major report, based on the insights from the events, will be presented at a UCL-Japan Embassy symposium on the Super-Ageing Society, to be held in 2018/19.

This call closed in January 2018 and supported work in academic year 2017/18

UCL-HKU Partnership Awards

UCL Grand Challenges, in partnership with the UCL Global Engagement Office, connects UCL researchers with the Hong Kong University (HKU) Strategic Partnerships Fund. The awards supported cross-disciplinary research collaborations between UCL and HKU, part of a new inter-institutional partnership with HKU. The funded research addressed global challenges, particularly issues affecting Hong Kong and its region of Asia. 

Successful UCL applicants received up to £10k, with their HKU counterparts receiving up to HK$100k

Previous UCL-HKU Awards

Grand Challenges UCL 2034 Grants

In 2017, we awarded eight grants to projects aligned to UCL 2034, the University's 20-year strategy, aimed at steering UCL towards its vision.

This was a one-off funding call, making eight awards in 2017. A list of the awards can be accessed here