UCL Grand Challenges


Grand Challenges and the Environment Domain: Climate Emergency (closed)

This funding call is a partnership between the UCL Environment Domain and UCL Grand Challenges.

3 December 2021

Applications are now closed 

Applications for 2021/22 closed on Sunday 9 January 2022

UCL Grand Challenges & the UCL Environment Domain

an iamge of the grand challenges logo with the UCL Environment Domain Logo
Previous calls:

    2020-21 Call: Green Recovery from COVID-19

    2021-22 Call: Climate Emergency 

    This funding builds on the outcomes of COP26 and the UCL Generation One Climate Campaign. There are two separate funding opportunities for the Climate Emergency call: UCL Grand Challenges and Environment Domain Funding Climate Emergency (up to £10,000) and NERC Discipline Hopping to Address the Climate Emergency (grants of up to £20,000). 

    We are seeking ambitious, short-term proposals for cross-disciplinary and cross-boundary projects and activities - from workshops and conferences to videos and articles -  that can help to drive real world impacts that meet the challenges of the global climate emergency.

    Areas of research activity could include, but are not limited to:

    • fairer finance
    • transport, energy and the future of cities
    • climate change resilience
    • climate change and health
    • the biodiversity crisis
    • sustainable food production
    • understanding environmental change, planetary health and prosperity

    Read the full call outline: Climate Emergency (PDF) 

    UCL Environment Domain
    NERC Changing the Environment 
    More detail on our Priority Themes

    Call outline

    • Application deadline: 11:59pm on Sunday 9 January 2022.
    • There are two separate funding opportunities: awards of up to £10,000 are available though UCL Grand Challenges and the Environment Domain and awards of up to £20,000 through NERC.
    • You are encouraged to include early career researchers and students in your project plan.
    • Awards are for activities that run in the academic year 2021/2021 
    • The spending deadline for the NERC funding is 31 March 2022. The spending deadline for the Grand Challenges/Envirnonment Domain call is 31 July 2022.
    • First and second applicants are equally important—awards will be held in an account in the first applicant's department.
    • Applicants should be from different disciplines—If applicants are from the same department, you should clearly show that they are experts in different disciplinary fields.

    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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