2019 ANU Grand Challenges - Indigenous Health and Wellbeing

24 May 2019

The 2019 ANU Grand Challenges Scheme focuses on research that will have a positive impact on Indigenous Health and Wellbeing.

As Australia's national university, ANU has a particular responsibility towards addressing the disproportionate and unacceptable burden of illness and disability experienced by Indigenous Australians.

Rather than the Grand Challenges being of a competitive nature, the aim is to identify groups of researchers at the ANU to form an Indigenous-led, significant and inclusive COLLABORATIVE cross-ANU research initiative. ANU is uniquely placed to contribute to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and wellbeing. Addressing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and wellbeing will require collaboration across diverse disciplines and with external stakeholders.

ANU researchers across all disciplines are strongly encouraged to submit Grand Challenge expressions of interest, reflecting ANU research strengths in both the humanities and the sciences.

For further guidelines and to submit a Grand Challenge proposal, visit here.

Selection process

Expressions of Interest for ANU 2019 Grand Challenges Scheme funding will progress through five stages:

Stage 1: Call for ideas (closing 30 June and 7 August) through a 3-minute video (30 June) and a two-page Expression of Interest (7 August). All Expressions of Interest must relate to Indigenous Health and Wellbeing, have partnerships with Indigenous communities / organisations. School and College support must be identified and address the objectives and assessment criteria.

Stage 2: Assessment/shortlisting (20 August) of videos and two-page Expressions of Interest by a Selection Panel comprising Indigenous academics and professionals and chaired by the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research & Innovation).

Stage 3: Collaboration and Synthesis workshop (10 September) hosted by Director, ANU Indigenous Health and Wellbeing Research Institute and Grand Challenges Committee. The purpose of the workshop is to initiate the cooperative process of a cohesive and collaborative program identified from the shortlisted Expressions of Interest, which meets the Principles.

Stage 4: Development of collaborative Business Plan and linked individual project plans (7 November).  The Grand Challenges project plans must demonstrate how they will be linked together through an overarching Business Plan, to impact on Indigenous health and wellbeing. This Business Plan will be developed through Business Planning workshops and meetings led by Professor Terry Dunbar, in association with a Business Planning expert.

Stage 5: Public Indigenous Forum (12 November TBC) to present the projects followed by Q&A session with Grand Challenges Panel.