Icon Water/Actew AGL Endowment Fund call for concepts

Monday 31 July 2017
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The ANU, through the Energy Change Institute, is seeking concept proposals from ANU researchers who wish to build partnerships with ActewAGL and Icon Water to work on key challenges of renewable energy and water sustainability.

The ANU is looking to fund research projects from the Icon Water and ActewAGL Perpetual Endowment Fund that have the potential to transfer knowledge and expertise across disciplines and sectors, and create opportunities to work on larger joint projects.

Funding up to a total of $200,000 is available, which may be applied to activities of between six months and four years in length.

The first call for 2017 will focus on a range of priorities relevant to the strategic objectives of ActewAGL, detailed in the attachment and including but not limited to:

  • Asset data management
  • Sustainable gas
  • Transition to a hydrogen economy
  • Electrical energy storage
  • Sustainable transportation 

A second concept call will be circulated within the next quarter focusing on a range of priorities relevant to the strategic objectives of Icon Water for the award of the Aspi Baria PhD Scholarship.

Stage one: Energy Change concept call

The purpose of the Stage One Concept Call is to seek information that will allow the Endowment Fund Committee (comprising ANU, ActewAGL and Icon Water staff) to assess alignment with strategic priorities of ANU and ActewAGL, and to identify project champions within ActewAGL to support and enhance delivery of the project outcomes.

If you would like to apply, please complete the attached 2-page concept call form and return to: energy.change@anu.edu.au.

The submission deadline is Monday 21 August 2017.

Stage two: detailed project

A second stage will invite greater detail, including the approach and methodology, a project plan to be developed in consultation with your ActewAGL project champion, and budget to be submitted with the approval of your local delegate.

The successful project or projects will be invited to present their project summary at the Energy Change Institute Open Day on 30 October 2017.

ANU, ActewAGL and Icon Water value diversity and inclusion and are committed to increasing the participation of women in non-traditional fields. Female researchers as well as researchers from diverse backgrounds, including Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islanders, people with disabilities, people from culturally diverse backgrounds and all ages are encouraged to apply. 

1 The Icon Water and ActewAGL Perpetual Endowment Fund was established in 2009 with a donation of one million dollars each from Icon Water and ActewAGL. The Endowment Fund is ANU owned, and distributed under ANU delegation, and therefore cannot count as an industry cash contribution in external funding proposals. 

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