UCL Grand Challenges


Wellbeing in a throw-away culture

Funding of up to £10,000 is now available for innovative, cross-disciplinary activities addressing the theme of Wellbeing in a throw-away culture.

Wellbeing in a Throw-Away Culture
Call for Expressions of Interest:

Deadline: Midnight Friday 4th October 2019

UCL's Grand Challenge of Human Wellbeing invites researchers to apply for funding under the 2019/20 special initiative - Wellbeing in a throw-away culture.

Funding is available of up to £10,000 to support one or more major cross-disciplinary activities that could be taken forward by applicants.

To be considered for funding, researchers are asked to submit an expression of interest to attend a mini-sandpit on the theme. The sandpit will be held at UCL on Thursday 24th October, 9:30-12:00.

Further information and full guidance is available: Application Guidance.

Project ideas can include research or policy workshops, symposia or conferences; reports; preparatory or exploratory research materials towards larger grant applications; public and community engagement activities; or research-led performance/public art-based outputs, including plays and documentary films. We encourage interaction with community groups, artists or arts organisations, and with UCL Culture.

At the sandpit, participants will share their research ideas relating to the topic, and collaborate with other participants to inform their future proposal.

How to Apply

  • In order to be eligible for funding, please submit an Expression of Interest (EoI) using the online form
  • If your EoI is selected, you must attend the mini-sandpit in order to be eligible for funding.
  • You may send a representative of your project, if necessary, but their details should be clearly stated on the online form

Step 1

  • Read through application guidance.

Application guidance


Step 2

  • Register your Expression of Interest using the online form.

Submit your Expression of Interest



Application queries

  • If you have any questions regarding the initiative, submission guidelines, or attendance at the sandpit please contact Nina Quach.