Icon Water and ActewAGL Endowment Fund – Call for Expressions of Interest

The ANU, is seeking concept proposals from ANU researchers who wish to build partnerships with Icon Water to work on key challenges of water sustainability.

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

Expressions of interest (EoI) for a research project and/or an Aspi Baria PhD Scholarship ($28,597 p/a) to support a specific research project are being sought. The funding may be allocated to or between research project activities and/or scholarship stipend. Where a PhD scholarship or top up is requested, the EoI must be submitted by an ANU researcher who has authority to recruit and supervise the PhD student and their research. Funding up to a total of $190K is available, which may be applied to activities of between six months and eighteen months in length for research projects or three years where the project involves scholarships. The student will be required to be in Australia to be awarded the scholarship given the close collaboration required with Icon Water.

Proposals are due close of business 28 September 2021.

ANU 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.

The 2021 call will focus on the priorities relevant to the strategic objectives of Icon Water, in brief: Icon Water is an unlisted public company owned by the ACT Government, which undertakes two primary activities: delivery of water, sewerage and associated services; and managing the investment in the energy businesses, Evoenergy and ActewAGL.

Icon Water objectives under the Territory-owned Corporation Act 1990 (ACT) are to:

  1. Operate at least as efficiently as any comparable business
  2. Maximise sustainable return
  3. Show a sense of social responsibility
  4. Operate in accordance with the object of ecologically sustainable development

Further detail can be provided upon request ([email protected]). Project ideas outside of these and still relevant to Icon Water’s strategic objectives are also welcomed so we encourage you to put your thinking hats on.