Expressions of interest sought - bushfire risk management research

Expressions of interest sought - bushfire risk management research

New research opportunities are available with the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC. Expressions of interest (EOI) are currently being sought for a range of projects that will be undertaken for the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning Victoria (DELWP). The EOIs are open for all organisations interested in these projects, not just existing partners of the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC. 

Check this page each week for the details as they are released. This process will stagger the submission deadlines to ensure ample opportunity is provided to researchers who wish to submit proposals for multiple projects. This research builds on the existing research currently underway for DELWP.

Submitting a proposal

Further details on the projects open for EOI are below. Any interested parties are encouraged to put forward a proposal, not just existing partners of the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC.

Researchers are also encouraged to provide a consortium approach. In this case one party would be nominated as the lead research organisation and have overall responsibility for project delivery.

Developing strategic intelligence technology and capability for the environmental compliance regulator - closed 19 July 2019

This research will seek to generate strategic intelligence from data sources to create new and unique ways of managing resources and reducing harm. It will explore new and emerging technologies to further develop DELWP’s ability to undertake environmental scanning to more proactively identify emerging trends, patterns and connections that will enable a better understanding of drivers and interactions within the environment.

Update to the 2008 Wood and Water study - closed 19 July 2019

This project will conduct a review of a previous study completed in 2008, and update it as required. This project will look at the findings of the Wood and Water project conducted by DEWLP in 2008, incorporating new scientific findings and/or data available since this project was completed. This includes assessing the previous form of water yield impact modelling in Melbourne’s catchment regions and if it remains current in light of fire, logging and other disturbances since 2008, rainfall conditionsimpacts to water yield and quality and expected fire behaviour changes due to climate change 

Other related documents:

Any enquiries or request for further documentation related to these EOI should be directed to Greg Christopher: greg.christopher@bnhcrc.com.au 

Tactical Research Fund

Tactical Research Fund

The Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC established the Tactical Research Fund in 2017 to encourage the development of short duration research projects meeting the well-defined near-term needs of CRC end-user partners. The broad aim of the Tactical Research Fund is to provide a source of funding for short-term, end-user focused research projects or 12 months or less duration, addressing strategic issues for the sector and that have national significance.  

The Tactical Research Fund is highly competitive. The CRC typically allocates $250,000 (ex-GST) per year and on average funds three projects a year. Individual projects can request up to $100,000.  

The Tactical Research Fund will accept proposals from 18 February 2019 and will close when all available funding has been contracted to projects, or on 31 October 2019. Applications submitted after the closing date will not be considered for funding but can be re-submitted in future Tactical Research Funding rounds. 

Applications for the Tactical Research Fund are now open - for more information go here.

Quick response funding

Quick response funding

The Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC have funding available for quick response research following natural hazards. The aim is to provide support for researchers to travel to areas affected by natural hazards (bushfire, flood, cyclone, severe storm, earthquake or tsunami) to gain an understanding of the event, the impacts and to capture perishable data. These activities can help to identify significant research questions arising from major natural hazard events and provide a context for developing more extensive research proposals.

Funding support is limited to $2500 (inc. GST) per team for any individual event. Funding is principally designed to reimburse travel-related expenses such as airfares, car rental and accommodation. Minor data collection expenditure may be considered.

Applicants do not need to be current Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC researchers to be eligible. PhD students are eligible to apply for this funding where an understanding of the event directly relates to their PhD studies. Student applications require the endorsement of the primary supervisor. 

Key documents:

Domestic and International Travel Support

Domestic and International Travel Support

Domestic and international conference travel support is available to researchers, PhD students receiving Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC scholarship support and Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC Associate students. Total funds available to support travel are capped annually.

Completed forms should be returned via email to:

     John Bates, john.bates@bnhcrc.com.au

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