ACU Higher Education & the SDGs Challenge Grants

ACU Higher Education & the SDGs Challenge Grants

Applications are now open for the Higher Education and the SDGs Challenge Grants to fund collaborative work around the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Open to professional and academic staff at ACU member universities, the grants focus on the following ACU Higher Education and the SDGs Network priority themes:

  • Teaching and learning

  • Research

  • Estates and stewardship

  • Engagement and impact

  • Partnerships

    From sourcing energy-saving and clean energy options for Fijian schools, to supporting women’s economic empowerment by addressing the financial literacy and gender-based disparities in access to finance – the grants have been used to fund a diverse range of activities, projects, workshops, and events. Applications could include ideas for:

  • Virtual exchange or collaboration, teaching or professional practice collaboration. Sharing and co-development of learning materials, tools, training and approaches to support contingency and continuity of operations planning at higher education institutions (HEIs)

  • Virtual fellowships, comparative analyses, research management and uptake capacity-building

  • Integrating sustainable development into operations

  • Sharing SDG learning content and materials

  • Developing SDG-focused research strategies

  • Co-creating research for impact, community engagement, and partnerships for the goals

    Application Requirements

    To apply, you will need to:

  • Supply an outline of the project and a detailed time plan, including what it will involve and how it will
    address the Higher Education and the SDGs Network’s themes. The project time plan is requested for a minimum of 6 months and a maximum of 12 months.

  • Submit a letter of support from your university’s executive head (or equivalent), or another senior member of your institution, to demonstrate their support for the programme of work proposed and the ways they will provide support for your project. The letter should also act as a reference for the project lead.

  • Attach the project lead’s CV.

    Applications will be assessed on the following criteria:

  • Project goals and feasibility

  • Impact and outputs

  • Experience and skills of the project lead and institution support

  • Alignment with the themes of the ACU Higher Education and the SDGs Network

  • Collaboration

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; ACU Higher Education & the SDGs Challenge Grants

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