Policy Greenhouse Project Guidelines


The Policy Greenhouse Projects provide funding up to $75,000 to support up to six outstanding public policy focussed projects across The Australian National University (ANU) in 2019.  The scheme offers funding opportunities for academics and academic teams to engage with external policy partners to understand significant policy questions, undertake research and provide forward-looking policy recommendations.  The scheme encourages cross-disciplinary projects and supports building teams that comprise of senior and mid- to early-career researchers.

The successful projects 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,
  • create new collaboration projects with agencies in the Australian Public Service (APS), the State and Territory governments and external partnering organisations,
  • enhance partnerships between ANU, the APS, State and Territory governments and other partnering organisations including NGOs and the wider policy community, and
  • promote research translation and impact efforts by releasing a policy brief as part of the project.


  • 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 in-principle support from external policy partners, or have identified potential external policy partners.
  • Applicants must have the support of their School Directors and College Deans to apply.

Selection criteria

Public policy benefit and potential impact (30%): 

  • What is the problem/issue being addressed and why is it important? How can the community as a whole and the government benefit from this project?
  • How will the anticipated outcomes of the project benefit the end-users?
  • How will the project contribute to public policy? 
  • What are the strategies in place to encourage the dissemination of the outcome of the project?

Collaboration and partnerships (30%)

  • Can the team identify external partners that will contribute to, and enhance the impact of the project?
  • How will each partner and the team commit and be prepared to collaborate on the project? 
  • What platforms does the project team plan to engage in with policy-makers and the policy community? Please specify.
  • Does the project team plan to enhance or build new collaboration linkages? If yes, please describe.

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 project plan in place?
  • How will the team manage the project’s internal and external engagement activities? 
  • How is the budget (cash and in-kind) adequate? What resources will be provided by the partners and by the College and/or School?

Selection Panel

The Selection Panel will be made by an independent group drawn from across ANU and the policy making community, including representatives from the APS.  The Selection Panel may invite the project team for an interview during the selection process.

Funding principles

  • Each Project will be allocated up to AUD $75,000. Only direct costs of the project as specified in the Expenditure conditions section (below) will be funded.  Indirect costs are excluded and expected to be supported and funded by Colleges, Schools and local areas.
  • If project costs exceed the funded amount, additional funding is expected to be met by Colleges, Schools and local areas.
  • The funding supports research efforts targeted at forward-looking policy ideas and recommendations.
  • The selection panel will approve expenditure of each project. The panel may determine not to fund expense items not suitable to the project.
  • The usual funding period is up to 12 months.
  • The scheme does not support projects that are currently receiving research fund from internal and external sources, such as ARC, or be suitable for funding under such schemes.

Expenditure conditions

  • While research assistants are not funded under the Scheme, professional assistance and research support specific to the project is considered.
  • Essential direct research cost on survey development, survey programming, transcription for interviews.
  • Web hosting and development specific to the project within ANU guidelines.
  • Expenditures on workshops, conferences and roundtable discussions.
  • Travel cost essential to the project.
  • Publication and dissemination of a policy brief.
  • Finance arrangements will be managed directly by the Hub.  


Successful projects will be required to participate in a project preliminary meeting to discuss and finalise a project plan. 

An interim and final report will include activities undertaken, relationships built or enhanced, and future opportunities.  The final report will include an element of assessing the project’s public policy impact. These reports 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, the research team is required to release a policy brief. 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 provided, and the team has demonstrated engagement with appropriate stakeholders, specific to the project.

Key dates



Applications open

May, 2020

Applications close

July, 2020

Assessment by panel

July, 2020

Announcement of successful projects

August, 2020


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