NSSN Grand Challenge Fund 2023

Date/Deadline: 20 Feb, 2023

The NSSN Grand Challenges respond to some of the most gripping challenges of their time. Complex challenges that are critical to their environment, health, economy and society and which demand innovative solutions that will impact future generations.

The Grand Challenges have been selected for the important role smart sensing can play in responding to the issue and where technological innovation holds the promise of creating significant change. They align well with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and have been selected based on the NSSN’s unique ability to mobilise the world-class R&D capability across its member universities, in partnership with industry and government, for practical, impactful outcomes.

There are five NSSN Grand Challenges in 2023:

  1. Ageing
  2. Bushfires
  3.  Clean Tech
  4. Smart Places & Buildings
  5. Water

About the NSSN Grand Challenge Fund

The NSSN Grand Challenge Fund has been established to promote the development of innovative, collaborative research projects that respond to the NSSN Grand Challenges.

Grants of up to $100,000 per project will support the development of projects that link with industry or government partners and devise a smart sensing solution that has a defined pathway to genuine impact, either through commercialisation or operationalisation.


To be eligible, funding proposals must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Leadership: be led by an NSSN member university
  • Collaboration: involve a minimum of two NSSN member universities (incl. the lead)
  • Partnership: partner with at least one industry or government partner
  • Co-investment: attract cash co-investment from industry/government partners at least equal to the requested amount

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