2018 ANU Grand Challenges shortlist

30 July 2018

What do artificial intelligence, healthcare, biodiversity, climate change and renewable energy all have in common? They're among the shortlisted proposals for the ANU Grand Challenges Scheme 2018.

Congratulations to the shortlisted proposals!

Out of 14 submissions, an internal ANU Panel consisting of distinguished members of the ANU research community, including academics with subject matter expertise in the Humanities Arts and Social Sciences, and Science Technology Engineering and Maths fields, have shortlisted eight proposals to proceed to Stage 3:

  • Artificial Intelligence Driven Personalised Healthcare: Empowering patients in end of life care
  • Biofilm-targeting technologies for better health and crops
  • High-tech Biodiversity Rescue
  • Humanising Machine Intelligence
  • Restoring Climate with Enhanced Earth Systems
  • Social Cohesion, inclusion and diversity
  • The Negative Emissions House         
  • Zero-Carbon Energy for the Asia-Pacific

All videos are still available to view in the Grand Challenges Portal.

At Stage 3, the selected two-page proposals will be assessed by the Grand Challenges Selection Committee. The Committee is made up of ANU staff and external stakeholders, including public policy experts. Of the eight proposals, the Grand Challenges Selection Committee will select three to five proposals to proceed to Stage 4.

The Committee will then assess a five-page proposal from each team together with their public pitch, and a Q&A session. The winner will be decided by the Vice-Chancellor on recommendation from the Committee.

The 2018 ANU Grand Challenges teams will also be participating in a special Research to Impact Training workshop on 10 August (9.30-12.15pm) which is open to the entire ANU research community and will feature a discussion with Professor Mark Reed from Newcastle University, in the United Kingdom. Registrations are open until 5 August.

The Grand Challenges finalists' public pitches will be held on Wednesday 19 September 2018, from 5pm at the Auditorium of the Australian Centre on China in the World. The 2018 Grand Challenges winning team will be announced on 20 September.