Commonwealth Climate Resilience Challenge Grants

Open to academic and professional staff, the grants support collaborative work focused on either of the two main strategic priorities of the Commonwealth Climate Resilience Network (CCRN):

  • Enhancing the climate resilience of universities themselves, and/or

  • Enhancing universities’ contribution to the resilience of communities, business and government

The grants can be used for a diverse range of projects, workshops and events in areas such as:

  • Improving learning, teaching, and training for climate change adaptation – e.g. virtual exchange or collaboration, teaching or professional practice collaboration and sharing and co-development of learning materials

  • Increasing the research capacity of CCRN members in climate change adaptation – e.g. virtual fellowships or collaboration, comparative analyses, research management and uptake capacity building, understanding and documenting indigenous knowledge and resilience practices

  • Improving institutional resilience policies and practice adopted by Commonwealth universities - e.g. developing tools, training and approaches to support contingency and continuity of operations planning at higher education institutions

Eligibility requirements

  • This funding is only available for ACU members and collaboration with other ACU member institutions to promote further Commonwealth partnerships is encouraged. ACU will also accept applications that are led by ACU members, but are in partnership with institutions outside of our network.

  • Grant applications that allow matching or additional funds from the applicant’s institution will be looked upon favourably.

  • Grantees are required to submit a short interim report halfway through their project and a comprehensive final report within one month after completing their project. Additionally, any outputs (e.g. toolkits, papers etc.) developed through the grants are to be made available to the CCRN and wider ACU network.


Four grants of £2,500 are available to staff at ACU member universities.

How to start an application

Applicants will need to create a MyACU account here to begin the process.

For more information, please visit the website

If you are interested in applying or learning more about the grant or partnership, please contact Victoria Lam at


Jan 7, 2022: Full Proposal Deadline. Applicant (not RS) submits the application to the agency. SFU Signature Sheet and full application are due to no later than 3 business days prior to the deadline.



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