UCL Research



Partnerships and collaboration bring together complementary strengths and deepen the impact of cross disciplinary research

The Office of the Vice-Provost (Research, Innovation & Global Engagement) is responsible for a number of initiatives that seek to stimulate cross-disciplinary collaboration and increase the impact of our research, including the Grand Challenges, Research Domains, and UCL Public Policy programmes.

We have a range of partnerships that aim to advance innovation and practice alongside commerce and industry, healthcare providers and other education and research institutions in the UK and abroad. These alliances provide opportunity and access to a multifacted and talented pool of resources that help inform new ways of thinking. 

By sharing knowledge, education and practice we’re better able to improve networking opportunities for staff and students, promote development and support diversity and inclusion. Through our alliances, we develop new ideas, deliver innovative technologies, cultivate scientific exploration and inform policy.

UCL will continue to develop existing partnerships and lead on new programmes that can have a positive impact on social, environmental, legal and health issues across the globe.

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UCL Grand Challenges

Through six major themes, the Grand Challenges programme supports cross-disciplinary and external partnerships addressing globally significant and complex societal problems, creating the basis for novel research and pathways to solutions.

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UCL Public Policy

UCL Public Policy connects researchers with policy professionals, to inform policy with evidence. We run a range of programmes from placements to events, briefings and fellowships to bridge the gap between research and policy

Research domains

UCL Research Domains

The UCL Research Domains are large, cross-disciplinary research communities that span UCL and our partner organisations to support collaboration and discovery.

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UCL Sustainable Development Goals Initiative

UCL staff and students are playing a leading role in responding to the challenges set out in the UN SDGs. UCL’s SDGs Initiative seeks to maximise the impact of our research, student, teaching and external engagement activities on the 17 Goals.

Partner organisations

UCL Big Data Institute

The UCL Centre for Data Science develops new mathematical and statistical theory, to help make sense of complex data. Our work is helping to shape the emerging field of data science, and has application in a wide variety of scientific disciplines. 

Alan Turing Institute

The UK’s national institute for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence. The Alan Turing Institute is pushing the limits of science in order to change the world.

Francis Crick Institute

The Francis Crick Institute is dedicated to understanding the fundamental biology underlying health and disease. Our work is helping to understand why disease develops and to translate discoveries into new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat illnesses.

Sainsbury Wellcome Centre

The Sainsbury Wellcome Centre investigates how brain circuits process information to generate perception, form memories and guide behaviour.

London Centre for Nanotechnology

Solving global problems in information processing, healthcare, energy and environment through the application of nanoscience and nanotechnology.

UCL Partners

UCL Partners is a unique academic health science partnership that brings together over 40 partners from the NHS, social care and academia to transform the health and wellbeing of the population.

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