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UCL researchers can get involved in the Grand Challenge of Justice and Equality in several ways.

NEW: Priority Theme Grant - "Fair Chances Growing Up" (closing date 24 March 2017!)

GCJE has just opened a priority theme call for projects addressing the theme of "Fair Chances Growing Up". This is GCJE's contribution to the Grand Challenge of Human Wellbeing's "Adolescent Lives" mega-theme.

UCL researchers are asked to submit proposals of between £2-£5k that address "Fair Chances Growing Up". The closing date for applications is Friday 24 March (a week this coming Friday!), so get your skates on.

Full details of Fair Chances Growing Up Call for Projects


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.

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.

Good ideas

The Grand Challenge of Justice and Equality has a small fund to support ad-hoc good ideas that:

  • contribute to creating new cross-disciplinary research collaborations related to GCJE
  • contribute to undertaking cross-disciplinary research which aims to address GCJE priority themes

This could include: UK travel, catering costs for an event, communications or marketing of an event or research output.

If you are looking for funding for a research project, then our Small Grants programme is more suitable.

If you think you have a good idea that could benefit from GCJE support, please contact GCJE Coordinator Rebecca Taylor Telephone 020 7679 1420 (internal 21420). 

Please note that any request for support will be put to the GCJE Co-Chairs and Working Group.