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Grand Challenges Small Grants

Grand Challenges offers small grants up to £5,000 for research-informed, societally relevant, cross-disciplinary/cross-boundary activities.

17 October 2021

Applications closed


Applications closed at 11:59pm, Sunday, 17 October 2021

Purpose of the scheme


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UCL Grand Challenges allows experts from different fields to work together on today's pressing social issues. These problems are often complex, requiring insights from diverse academic disciplines and contributions from beyond academia.

The Small Grants scheme supports grass-roots cooperation between the different parts of UCL.

We look for proposals from staff in different academic faculties or between staff in a faculty and staff in Professional Services (our own research user community). The aim is to leverage UCL's diversity to gain novel insights, and impacts, both within the research community and in wider society. 

2021-22 Call Outline


  • Up to £5,000 available for research-informed, societally relevant, cross-disciplinary/cross-boundary activities
  • Deadline for applications: Sunday 17 October 2021
  • All project costs must be claimed and paid for by 31 July 2022
  • Proposals should relate to one of the six strands of the UCL Grand Challenges programme
  • All applications must include two applicants from UCL, and any number of additional collaborators
  • Relevance to societal recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, and to the programme’s pan-GC themes will also be of interest:
    • UN SDGs: Pathways to Achievement
    • Place: Equality & Prosperity
    • Intergenerational Dynamics
    • Climate Emergency

> More detail on our Priority Themes

Please note that specific calls for proposals for projects of up to £10k, featuring an external partner, addressing one of the above four themes will open in October 2021.

How to apply


The application process is currently closed. 

If you have any further questions, please contact the Grand Challenges team.

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