Cambridge Grand Challenges (CGC) is a collaborative initiative designed to address local, national, and global issues.  

At CGC, we promote interdisciplinary research and foster collaboration among researchers and industry to find innovative solutions to some of the most significant challenges facing humanity today. 

Through partnerships with academia, government, and third sector organisations, CGC brings together experts from various fields to work on interdisciplinary projects in areas such as climate change, health, and social inequality 

By applying scientific research and methods to real-world problems, we strive to have a positive impact on society. 

Dr Konstantina Stamati, Founder and Director

collaboration | innovation | industry  


Image sourced form the Journal of Further and Higher Education.

WORKING TOGETHER: Published Results of Social Science Internship Program

Our paper, ‘Preparing UK PhD students towards employability: a social science internship programme to enhance workplace skills’, published by the Journal of Further and Higher Education, presents the evaluation of our social science internship program that aims to enhance PhD students’ workplace skills and prepare them for successful careers outside academia.

The results demonstrated that our program had a positive impact on PhD students’ workplace skills and networking abilities, thereby creating a pool of potential candidates who possess the necessary knowledge, skills, and attributes to succeed in a variety of roles.

This publication provides a comprehensive overview of the program’s impact on students’ employability and skills development. Industry partners who collaborate with us can contribute to the positive impact on the next generation of professionals and gain access to a community of talented academics. Don’t miss this opportunity to strengthen your team by partnering with us.

Image sourced from the Journal of Further and Higher Education.


The CGC seeks to address some of the most pressing issues in the world through interdisciplinary research. 

At CGC, we believe that solving complex problems requires a holistic and collaborative approach that goes beyond traditional academic boundaries. We bring together researchers from various backgrounds and fields to work on interdisciplinary projects that address grand challenges in areas like climate change, health, and social inequality. 

Our vision is a world where interdisciplinary research leads the way in solving global challenges. We facilitate strategic partnerships between industry and researchers committed to interdisciplinary collaboration and solving these challenges. 

We are thrilled about the work our fellows are doing and the impact they are making in their respective fields. We invite you to join us in our quest to promote interdisciplinary research and make a positive impact on the world. 


‘We would definitely recommend the CGC fellowship framework to partners considering hosting an intern.’

British Future

Dr Heather Rolfe, Director of Research and Relationships

The CGC fellow’s academic competencies were utilised in the creation of a client deliverable which was complex and required a significant skillset.’

Dale Vieregge

Dale Vieregge, Senior Director, APCO Worldwide

‘Resources are stretched within the organization and it was great to have someone to work jointly with on this important topic’

Dr Rebecca Freeman

Senior Economist, Bank of England

‘A CGC-led workshop with Microsoft Research led to a fruitful collaboration with a PhD student focused on human avatars as co-workers.’

Dr Thomas Bohné

Founder & Head, Cyber-Human Lab

‘A CGC Fellow provided Aviva with knowledge on current techniques and findings that allowed us an provide steerage, rather than waiting to read a paper after research has concluded.’

Sarah Applegate

Head of Data Science & Partnerships, AVIVA

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