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Small Grants awarded to UCL academics to tackle the world’s Grand Challenges

The UCL Grand Challenges have awarded over £60,000 in funding to 15 cross-disciplinary projects, bringing academics, post-doctoral researchers and staff of Professional Services departments from across the University together to tackle some of the major problems affecting the world. Pairs of researchers from different Faculties, or from a Faculty and Professional Services, applied for Small Grant funding for activities relating to the Grand Challenges’ Priority Themes, including Brexit, Adolescent Wellbeing, Access & Participation and Food. Successful applicants have been awarded up to £5000 to complete projects in the coming academic year, 2017-18.

Published: Aug 4, 2017 12:07:17 PM

UCL Grand Challenges link with Hong Kong University - new funding available

UCL and Hong Kong University (HKU) established a new partnership during academic year 2016-17 encouraging joint research relating to the UCL Grand Challenges. The new scheme specifically encourages cross-disciplinary collaboration in support of research focused on some of the world’s greatest challenges. Following the scheme’s first call for proposal, for joint activities in 2016-17, the second call, for activities in 2017-18 will close at 23.59 BST on Saturday 30th September 2017.

Published: Jul 19, 2017 9:53:15 AM

Latest news including new small grant funding available

The UCL Grand Challenges have launched the first small grants call since the programme expanded to six areas of cross-disciplinary focus. UCL academics (including honorary researchers) at postdoctoral level or above can now apply for up to £4,000 in funding for a research-informed, societally relevant, cross-disciplinary activity, addressing one of the Priority Themes of the Grand Challenges.

Published: Feb 10, 2017 11:34:18 AM

Lancet Comment on India's healthcare budget

A group of researchers supported by the Grand Challenges programme have published a critique of India's latest budget and its implications for healthcare in the country in The Lancet.

Published: Feb 9, 2017 3:56:24 PM

Link with Hong Kong will benefit the UCL Grand Challenges

A new link between UCL and Hong Kong University (HKU) is set to benefit the innovative Grand Challenges programme. The new partnership between HKU and UCL specifically encourages cross-disciplinary collaboration in support of research focused on some of the world’s greatest challenges. There are two deadlines for joint proposals: one on the 31 January 2017; the other in seven months – 31 August 2017.

Published: Jan 17, 2017 3:32:35 PM

Grand Challenges related UCL News

The latest news about or relating to the UCL Grand Challenges, including interdisciplinary research and analysis in the fields of the six Challenges.

Challenging intellectual disability stigma

A UCL group led by Dr Katrina Scior from the Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology have created resources to highlight and address stigma faced by people with intellectual disabilities and their families and work taking place to tackle such stigma. The ultimate aim of this work is to reduce prejudice and discrimination experienced by children and adults with intellectual disabilities and their families around the world.

Published: Jul 28, 2017 10:58:48 AM

Workshops in Otto Königsberger's Footsteps

The objective of the proposed activity is to enhance the participation of HEIs in the development of “smart cities” in India. The proposed workshops will focus on the role of HEIs in employment generation and skill development, urban planning, spurring of entrepreneurial and innovation activities in cities. The workshops will sensitise and enhance the understanding with in the HEIs and smart cities about the mutual benefit of engaging with each other. By providing policy briefs and a common platform to HEIs and cities, we hope to influence thought leadership and policy development of smart cities in India.

Published: Jun 30, 2017 2:52:02 PM

Videos on Earthquake Preparedness

During the future visit (September 2017) of students from UCL Earthquake and People Interaction Centre (EPICentre) to the recently earthquake-hit zones of Central Italy, we intend to film a series of earthquake preparedness clips. The 2016 Italian earthquakes will constitute a case study through which to describe the actions that can prevent damage before, during and following an earthquake. Suggestions will be scientifically sound and based on knowledge from the field of earthquake engineering. Similarly, behavioural change will be prompted via psychological principles extrapolated from behavioural, social and risk psychology. Clips will be translated in the languages of several earthquake-prone countries.

Published: Jun 30, 2017 2:52:02 PM

"Students in the East" map UCL in London

What do you get if you cross a group of UCL staff and students with an A0 map of London? On June 8th, a group of UCL staff and students sought to find out, by mapping their connections with London, and reflecting on UCL’s aim to be “in London, of London and for London”.

Published: Jun 21, 2017 8:18:04 AM