UCL Grand Challenges


Get involved

UCL researchers can get involved in the Grand Challenge of Human Wellbeing 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 Human Wellbeing has funded major events and projects. 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 we can help put an event together.