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Funding from UCL Research, Innovation & Global Engagement

Global Engagement 

Global Engagement (GE) has a number of funding calls designed to help support UCL academics develop their overseas collaborations: the Global Engagement Funds, the Cities Partnerships Programme Funds and various Partner Funds. For more details about each of these calls, visit the GE funding page.

Global Engagement Funds (GEF)

Between £500-£5,000 is available per project to help support UCL academics collaborate with colleagues in any other country around the world. This scheme is now closed. Find out more here

Cities Partnerships Programme Funds

Funds of up to £5,000 per project to support academic activity involving one or more UCL individuals and a partner based in Paris and/or Stockholm. This scheme is now closed. Find out more here

Partner Funds

A number of funding streams are available to support joint projects between academics based at UCL and those based at UCL's key global partner institutions. In most cases, UCL and its relevant partner will contribute matched funds of up to £10,000 per project. Please check here for opening dates and deadlines for each of the individual partner funds.

Grand Challenges

UCL Grand Challenges funding supports cross-disciplinary collaborations that address societal problems. Through strategic funding and 'seed corn' funding opportunities, support is available for novel ideas, collaborations, and activities that support community building, societal impacts, and engagement beyond UCL. For more details about each of these calls, visit the Grand Challenges funding page

Small Grants

Up to £5,000 is available for research-informed, societally relevant, cross-disciplinary/cross-boundary activities. This scheme is now closed. Find out more here

Doctoral Students Small Grants

The call for Grand Challenges Doctoral Students’ small grant proposals, for awards of up to £2,500 is now closed. Find out more here

Special Initatives

Awards of up to £10,000 will be available for projects addressing the themes of ‘SDGs: Pathways to Achievement', 'Place: Prosperity & Equality', ' Intergenerational Dynamics' or 'Climate Emergency'. This scheme is now closed. Find out more here

NB The SDGs call is a RIGE partnership action between the UCL SDGs Initiative, Global Engagement and Grand Challenges. 

Public Engagement

Situated within UCL Culture, the Engagement team enables UCL and external communities to work together and bring about meaningful change and mutual benefit. These funding schemes support projects that advance the practice and culture of public and community engagement within UCL, and that are creative, inclusive and reflective.

Beacon Bursaries

UCL Beacon Bursaries have funded outstanding engagement projects and project teams since 2009. Up to £2,000 is available per project for staff and postgraduate research students who want to connect their research and teaching with people outside UCL. This scheme is now closed. Find out more here.

Train and Engage

Train and Engage is UCL Public Engagement’s flagship training and funding programme for UCL postgraduate research students. This series of sessions is tailored to support UCL postgraduate research students interested in developing and applying their public engagement knowledge and skills. Those who have completed the program can apply for up to £1000 to implement public engagement ideas. Funded projects are supported by the UCL Engagement Team with advice, experience and resources to help as you design, develop, deliver and evaluate your project. This scheme is currently closed. Find out more here.

Public Policy 

Rapid Response Policy Advisory Scheme (EPSRC IAA)

The scheme awards expert engagement grants to enable the development/delivery of urgent short-term policy work in response to policy demand. Up to £10,000 is available throughout the year to UCL researchers from all subject disciplines. Funding available: up to £10,000. Open call with a rolling deadline. Find out more here.


Policy Dialogues Funding (EPSRC IAA)

UCL Public Policy offers funding and support for EPSRC projects to organise and deliver 'Policy Dialogues': knowledge transfer activities and events designed to foster engagement between research and policy.  A Policy Dialogue can be a meeting/series of meetings to allow for academics, policy makers, and policy practitioners to come together to discuss current priorities and proposals for future work. These activities are meant to be multidisciplinary, wider than the UCL community, and are not just meant for knowledge transfer but to build communities to share best practice, and built on a current policy need and support by a policy partner. Funding available: up to £5,000. Open call with a rolling deadline. Find out more here

Where possible and time permitting, applications that may be relevant to other schemes will be shared across RIGE to identify the most appropriate source of funding.

Additional funding schemes from RIGE will be added to this page in due course.