UCL Grand Challenges


Health Systems and Embedded Inequalities funding announced

14 December 2018

Following the Grand Challenge's recent calls for proposals addressing the two themes, Health Systems and Embedded Inequalities, the successful applicants have now been announced.

Health Systems is one of the priority themes for the Grand Challenge of Global Health (GCGH). Whilst major progress has been made in medical research and innovation, its translation into effective and equitable care for populations towards a Universal Health Care coverage, requires adequate health systems. Developing countries in particular are under pressure to strengthen existing health systems and create new frameworks to alleviate the burden of disease, and improve resilience to change.

Embedded Inequalities is a priority theme for the Grand Challenge of Justice & Equality (GCJE). With the recent centenary of women gaining the right to vote in the UK, the UK’s first transgender conference being held in September, and more than fifty years after equality commissions were first established in the UK and other European and North American states, there has been increased attention on issues of structural and relational inequality in society. Despite the demographic, socio-economic, and cultural transformations that have occurred over the past decades, vast inequalities remain both within and among countries.

UCL researchers were invited to submit applications identifying interdisciplinary topics as bases for further research, problematize current debates, and consider critical issues. Two awards have been made by GCGH and two awards by GCJE. The full list of awards made under the two initiatives is detailed below.

Reports on the research and outcomes of their work will be included on the Grand Challenges website and blog in due course. We look forward to sharing the findings and impacts from each of the projects.

InitiativeActivity1st applicant2nd applicantExternal partnerAmount awarded
Health SystemsHEADLINE Nepal: Improving healthcare delivery in rural Nepal through empowering existing trainingMr Joe ForsdickMs Sophie GrayMr James Lavendar£1500
Health SystemsImproving health system responses to migrationDr Miriam OrcuttMs Rachel Burns £2500
Embedded InequalitiesRaising the profile of excluded populations: working together to launch the UCL Collaborative Centre for Inclusion HealthMs Chantal EdgeMs Niccola Hutchison-PascalUCL Centre for Co-production in Health Research£2500
Embedded InequalitiesThe Past, Present, and Future of Trans Studies and Trans LivesDr Christine YaoDr Ella MetcalfeDr Ezra Horbury£2482