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Higher Education and the SDGs Challenge Grants

Higher Education and the SDGs Challenge Grants

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Applications are now open for the Higher Education and the SDGs Challenge Grants to fund collaborative work around the sustainable development goals (SDGs).

Grant Themes

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

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, as well as uptake capacity building
  • Also, Integrating sustainable development into operations
  • Sharing SDG learning content as well as materials
  • Developing SDG-focused research strategies
  • In addition, Co-creating research for impact, community engagement, and partnerships for the goals

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What does the grant cover?

Four grants of GBP 2,500 are available.

Eligibility and application requirements

If your university has previously received an ACU Higher Education and the SDGs Challenge Grant, you are not eligible to apply again.

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 the Executive Head or equivalent of your institution to demonstrate their support for the program of work proposed and the ways they will provide support for your project. The letter of support also acts as a reference for the project lead.
  • You will also need to attach the project lead’s CV.

Read the application guidance

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Application Assessment Criteria

  • Project goals and feasibility
  • Impact and outputs
  • Experience and skills of the project lead and institution support
  • Alignment with the themes of the Higher Education and the SDGs Network
  • Collaboration

Reporting and sharing of outputs

Grantees are required to submit a short interim report halfway through their project and a comprehensive final report within one month after completing their project.

Additionally, any outputs developed through the grants (e.g., toolkits or papers) should be available to be shared with the Higher Education and the SDGs Network, and the wider ACU network, in order to increase.

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How to apply

If you already have a MyACU account, you can access the grant application form here.

If you do not already have a MyACU account, please ensure that you first register for an account here and then follow the instructions in the registration email to log in to the system before accessing the application form.

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Type of Opportunity Scholarships and Fellowships
Deadline03 May,2022
Open toAll
Organizerassociation of commonwealth universities
Contact the organizer[email protected]



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