Policy Greenhouse Collaboration Initiatives Guidelines

The Policy Greenhouse Collaboration Initiatives provide seed funding up to $5,000 to support up to 10 public policy focussed activities across ANU in 2019.  The scheme offers opportunities for academics and academic teams to demonstrate and workshop their policy ideas with external policy partners. The scheme encourages and values cross-disciplinary teams that comprise of senior researchers and early- to mid-career researchers.

The successful Collaboration Initiatives will:

  • align with the University’s strategic goal to maximise the contribution ANU makes to societal wellbeing and the development of good public policy;
  • be in an area of significant public policy interest; and
  • have the potential to create new collaboration opportunities with agencies in the Australian Public Service (APS), State and Territory governments and other partnering organisations including NGOs and the wider policy community.


  • ANU Academic staff members who are on continuing or fixed-term appointments, with at least 40 per cent of full time equivalent (0.4 FTE), and full-titled honorary appointees.
  • Applicants must have the support of their School Director to apply.
  • Early career researchers and research teams are encouraged to consult with the Public Policy and Societal Impact Hub before applying through the Expression of Interest (EOI) process.

Selection criteria 

Public policy benefit and potential impact (30%): 

  • How will the anticipated outcomes of the Collaboration Initiative activities benefit the end-users?
  • How does the Initiative contribute to public policy?
  • Does the team have the strategies in place to encourage the dissemination of the outcome of these activities?

Initiatives and partnerships (30%)

  • Can you identify any external partners that could contribute to, and enhance the impact of the activities that the team undertakes?
  • How will the activities enhance or build new Collaboration Initiative linkages? 

Track record of academic lead and the capability of the team (20%):

  • Can the project leader and the team demonstrate a track record relevant to the policy problem/issue that is the topic of the proposal?
  • How will the team engage with external partners in a collaborative manner?

Feasibility (20%):

  • Is there a preliminary plan in place for these Collaboration Initiative activities?
  • How is the budget (cash and in-kind) adequate? Would the Colleges, Schools, local areas and external policy partners be providing support? If yes, what support will be contributed to the project?

Selection Panel

The Selection Panel will be made by a group drawn from ANU with substantial policy and strategic research experience.  

Funding Principles and expenditure

  • Each Initiative will be allocated up to AUD $5,000. Only direct costs of the activities specified in the Expenditure conditions section (below) will be funded. Indirect costs are excluded, and are expected to be supported and funded by Colleges, Schools, and/or local areas.
  • If project costs exceed the funded amount, additional funds may be sought from Colleges, Schools and/or local areas.  
  • The usual funding period is up to 6 months.
  • The funding supports the development of researching new policy ideas.   
  • The scheme does not support initiatives that are currently receiving research funding from internal and external sources, such as ARC, or be suitable for funding under such schemes.
  • The selection panel will approve expenditure of each initiative. The panel may determine not to fund expense items not suitable to Initiatives activities.

Expenditure conditions

  • Travel cost essential to the activities.
  • Expenditures on workshops and roundtable discussions.
  • While research assistants are not funded under the Scheme, professional assistance and research support specific to the project is considered.
  • Finance arrangements will be managed directly by the Public Policy and Societal Impact Hub.  


Successful projects will be required to participate in a project preliminary meeting to discuss and finalise a project plan.  A final report will include activities undertaken, relationships built or enhanced, and future opportunities.  This report can be conducted as a debrief session or be submitted by a written report, for which a template will be provided.  

At the end of the project, external partner feedback will be sought against the project’s plan and goals.

The project will be deemed complete when the above reports have been submitted and the team has demonstrated engagement with appropriate stakeholders, specific to the Collaboration Initiative activity.


Key dates

  Activity Date
3rd round EOIs open May, 2020
  EOIs close July, 2020
  Funding announcement August, 2020


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