UCL Grand Challenges


Get involved

UCL researchers can get involved in the Grand Challenge of Sustainable Cities in several ways.

Small Grants

We run a regular Small Grants programme offering funding for relevant cross-disciplinary projects of up to £4,000. Projects may include:

  • pilot research
  • academic and policy-focused workshops and conferences
  • public engagement activities which may involve lectures, films, plays, community outreach or 'citizen science'.

How to apply

Any UCL researcher of postdoctoral standing or above can apply for a Small Grant jointly with a researcher based in a different UCL faculty. External collaborators (academic or non-academic) can also be included in applications.

Major projects

The Grand Challenge of Sustainable Cities has funded major events and projects led by or featuring UCL academics. If you have an idea for a relevant research project that is cross-disciplinary in nature, please contact us and we would be happy to discuss it.

Roundtables and workshops

UCL Grand Challenges have helped to facilitate 'roundtables': informal, community-building gatherings of experts with a common interest in a subject, who might not otherwise find the opportunity to interact. If you have a subject that you think would excite academics from across disciplines at UCL and beyond, get in touch with us to find out if the Grand Challenge of Sustainable Cities can help put an event together.

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