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Higher Education and the SDGs Challenge Grants

Applications open: Monday 6 March 2023
Applications close: Tuesday 2 May 2023

We believe that international collaboration is key to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agenda.

The ACU Higher Education and the SDGs Challenge Grants fund collaborative work for professional and academic staff at member universities. The grants focus on the ACU Higher Education and the SDGs priority themes, which are:

  • Teaching and learning
  • Research
  • Estates and stewardship
  • Engagement and impact
  • Partnerships

What the grant includes 

Grants of up to GBP 2,500 are available for staff at ACU member universities to help meet the costs of organising projects that promote the aims and priorities of the Higher Education and the SDGs Network. The grants can be used to cover the cost of delivering various activities, projects, workshops, and events including:

  • Virtual exchange or collaboration, teaching/professional practice collaboration
  • Sharing and co-development of learning materials, tools, training and approaches to support contingency and continuity of operations planning at HEI’s
  • 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

More information 

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