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UCL Research Challenges winners announced

2 October 2007


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Following last spring's invitation for project proposals, five projects have been awarded funds from the UCL Research Challenges initiative.

The projects are based on five themes selected from suggestions and online discussions between people from across the whole UCL community. The themes - Sustainability, London, New Medical Technologies, Infections, and Communications & Access to Culture - were reached after all staff, students and alumni were invited to give their ideas about new areas of focus for UCL's research.

In the second phase of the scheme, project proposals were invited from the university's researchers, who could bid for a share of £50,000 of seed-funding. The awards are designed to kick-start innovative research projects that can later apply for fuller funding from academic research councils, industry, charitable trusts or other sources.

Professor Jo Wolff, UCL Philosophy, who chairs the UCL Research Challenges Board, said: "We were thrilled at the quality of the applications we received across all the selected research themes, and we're very excited to see how the projects we are supporting will develop."

Building on the success of the initiative, a second round of UCL Research Challenges will take place this academic year, during which everyone in the UCL community will be able to put forward their ideas about the future of UCL research.

To find out more about the five projects that were funded, and to apply for the next round of funding, follow the link at the top of this item.

Image: Professor Jo Wolff