ACU Commonwealth Climate Resilience Challenge GrantsÂ are awarded to member universities to support initiatives addressing climate resilience. Aimed at academic and professional staff, the grants support collaborative work focused on either of the two main strategic priorities of theÂ Commonwealth Climate Resilience NetworkÂ (CCRN):
- Enhancing the climate resilience of universities themselves, and/or
- Enhancing universitiesâ€™ contribution to the resilience of communities, business and government
The grants can be used for a diverse range of projects, workshops and events in areas such as:
- Improving learning, teaching, and training for climate change adaptation â€“ e.g. virtual exchange or collaboration, teaching or professional practice collaboration and sharing and co-development of learning materials
- Increasing the research capacity of CCRN members in climate change adaptation â€“ e.g. virtual fellowships or collaboration, comparative analyses, research management and uptake capacity building, understanding and documenting indigenous knowledge and resilience practices
- Improving institutional resilience policies and practice adopted by Commonwealth universities â€“ e.g. developing tools, training and approaches to support contingency and continuity of operations planning at higher education institutions
Four grants of up to GBP 2,500 each are available for staff at ACU member universities to help meet the costs of organising projects that promote the aims and priorities of the CCRN.
This funding is only available for ACU members and we encourage applicants to collaborate with otherÂ ACU member institutionsÂ to promote further Commonwealth partnerships. We will also accept applications that are led by ACU members, but are in partnership with institutions outside of our network.
Grant applications that allow matching or additional funds from the applicantâ€™s institution will be looked upon favourably.
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 (e.g. toolkits, papers etc.) developed through the grants are to be made available to the CCRN and wider ACU network.
Method of Application
You will need to supply an outline of the project and an action plan, including details of what it involves and how it will address climate resilience at your university. The project action plan is requested for a minimum of 6 months and a maximum of 12 months.
Applications open on 13 October 2020 and close atÂ 11.59 pm GMT on 13 November 2020.
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