Policy Greenhouse Fund

ANU Policy Greenhouse Fund is a scheme designed to support academics to develop policy ideas and undertake short- to medium-term projects with high public policy value. The Fund is open to all eligible ANU academics. It aims to encourage collaboration within the University, as well as build direct engagement opportunities and enhance connections between ANU and policy-makers.

The Fund values cross-disciplinary projects, and supports teams that comprise of senior and mid- to early-career researchers.

To date, the Fund has supported 14 proposals. The first round of Policy Greenhouse applications funded nine Projects and three Collaboration Initiatives.   The second round for Collaboration Initiatives funded an additional two proposals.  Round Two for Projects and Round Three for Collaboration Initiatives will open again in May 2020.

Application process:

Interested academics can apply for funding to support their Project or Initiative.  Prior to applying for the Fund, applicants need to address the selection criteria.  Please see below for more information on how to apply:

Collaboration Initiatives

These provide grants of up to $5,000 and are available to support academics who have policy ideas and are seeking opportunities to engage in direct collaboration with policy-makers. These policy ideas will have the potential to become an established project. The duration for the Initiatives activities can be up to six months from commencement. For more information on this scheme, please see the Collaboration Initiatives Guidelines.


These provide grants of up to $75,000 and are available to support academics and academic teams that work with external policy partners to understand major policy questions. The grants will fund project activities that address these questions and make relevant policy recommendations at the conclusion of the project. The duration of the Projects activities can be up to 12 months from commencement.

For more information on this scheme, please see the Projects Funding Guidelines.

Assessment Process:

Applications will be assessed based on the Project’s potential public policy contribution and the strength of the proposed collaboration between ANU and external policy partner(s). After the initial assessment, applicants may be invited to an interview with the selection panel.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • ANU academic staff members who are on continuing or fixed-term appointments, and 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 Directors and/or College Deans to apply.


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