ANU Grand Challenges Scheme

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Monday, 24 July, 2017 - 11:55

The ANU Grand Challenges Scheme funds transformative research with the potential to radically change our understanding of, and responses to, the world’s most intractable problems. It’s an ambitious and broad reaching initiative designed to fund long-term programs of research not typically supported by external competitive funding

Proposals for ANU Grand Challenges funding will undergo a multi-stage selection process. Please see thewebsite (ANU log-in) for an overview of the selection and award process. 

Stage 1: Call for Ideas is now open. Deadline:  24 July 2017

Researchers are invited to submit their Grand Challenge ideas in video format. Videos can be submitted by teams or individuals. All videos will be released on an online portal and discussion platform open to staff and students in order to stimulate discussion and allow researchers from different disciplines to connect to create substantive and high impact proposals. 

Video guidelines

Your video should describe your Grand Challenge and aim to attract further interest, ideas and expertise from other areas of the University. The video should state the Grand Challenge clearly, why it is important, and what approaches and solutions are expected, without disclosing intellectual property or original ideas at this stage of the process. 

You may identify expertise that is needed to solve the Grand Challenge that may not have been identified at present. The video does not need to have identified the full team who will work on the project and should be presented in your own format and style. The content and format is at your discretion, and should require no professional editing or video equipment (smart phone recording is all that is expected).

Videos should be no more than three minutes in length and should be submitted via email to by 24 July 2017. An FAQs page will be updated as the scheme progresses. 

In your cover email, please include:

  • Title of the Grand Challenge
  • List of ‘interested parties’ – researchers that have already signalled an interest in being involved in the Grand Challenge idea
  • Up to six broad key words to identify the field/s of research
  • Up to five key words to identify expertise you may be looking to attract (not mandatory)



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