Four Grand Challenges to put the UK at the forefront of the industries of the future

Cambridge Grand Challenges

Cambridge Grand Challenges (CGC) is a unique initiative that brings together industry, PhD students, postdocs and other Cambridge academics to apply relevant academic social science research and methods to solve key industrial issues.

academia | government | industry

Dr Konstantina Stamati and Cambridge Social Sciences students talk about the benefits of collaborating with non-academic partners.

A picture of the Open Innovation Team winning the cabinet Office Innovator Award in 2017. Cambridge DTP students Sophia Peacock (leftmost) and Rosa Hodgkin (second from left) were involved in this project as part of their internship placement.

Clean Growth

Maximising the advantages for UK industry from the global shift to clean growth.

Ageing Society

Harnessing the power of innovation to help meet the needs of an ageing society.

AI & Data Economy

Putting the UK at the forefront of the AI and data revolution.

Future of

Becoming a world leader in the way people, goods and services move.

Identification and understanding of emerging topics in industry

Definition of a topic and it's scope of interest to industry, government and academia

Identify the best academics and students, and create an appropriate mix of interdisciplinary teams

Student Placements

  • Doctoral students and post-docs in industry working on real industrial problems Examples could include: data standards, ethics, barriers to technology adoption, behavioural changes, corporate culture, AI, cyber security, ageing society, etc.
  • One to three months, part time or full time
  • No cost to participating organisations.
  • Find out more about Student Internships

PhD Studentships

  • Heavily subsidised PhD studentships are available for addressing long term industrial needs
  • Industry pays only 50% of total costs ranging from £10-15k per year for a three year PhD focused on a particular topic of interest to the organisation 

Research Networks

  • Research networks between industry and the Cambridge academic community to address longer term industrial needs 
  • Each research network focuses on a particular theme, establishes a knowledge exchange mechanism between the partners and is used to secure research funding from the government and other funding bodies 

 Our vision is to create transdisciplinary networks of senior stakeholders from academia, government and industry, addressing key societal challenges of our time. 

Dr Konstantina Stamati

 Director of Cambridge Grand Challenges