Tactical Research Fund

The Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC has established a Tactical Research Fund to encourage the development of short duration research projects meeting 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 projects, addressing strategic issues for the sector having national significance.

Proposal Guidelines
Project proposals seeking funding support from the Tactical Research Fund:

  • Must support the CRC’s mission and objectives
  • Must be proposed by cash-funding, end-user partners of the CRC or by the CRC itself
  • Can be of any duration up to 12 months
  • Can be of any value up to $100,000 CRC-cash per project
  • Must have the support of:
    • At least four cash-funding, end-user partners of the CRC, or 
    • The written support of an AFAC Collaboration Group, or 
    • Support of AFAC Council or ACSES
  • Must be submitted through AFAC collaboration groups. Where an AFAC group submits multiple proposals, the AFAC group must indicate the priority ranking of each proposal relative to other proposals from the group.
  • Ideally, should be supported by additional funds from the proposing groups.

The CRC, in consultation with AFAC CEO, may restrict the call for proposals to specified AFAC groups. Prioritisation of proposals across AFAC groups will be made initially by the AFAC CEO. The initial priority areas for proposals, provided by AFAC, are:

  1. What can be learned through detailed analysis of existing incident data?
  2. Developing and applying fitness for task standards for emergency responders within SES
  3. Understanding fire fatalities in urban environments
  4. Developing measures for diversity and inclusion in emergency services
  5. Synthesising outcomes of natural disaster reviews and inquiries.

Projects may:

  • Support utilisation activities
  • Represent new research initiatives, including scoping studies, synthesis studies and literature reviews
  • Be extensions of existing research projects
  • Represent continuations or extensions of previously funded projects
  • Provide an avenue for new partners to link to the CRC 

Projects are not to be:

  • Short term purely consultative activities.
  • Product testing.

The funds must be used to support CRC research partners or CRC end-user partners to undertake the projects. Outcomes of projects must be made available to all CRC partners, and should published on the CRC website.

Proposals will be reviewed by the Research Director and a nominee of the AFAC CEO. The reviewers will meet to discuss the proposals and subsequently make recommendations to the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC CEO for application of the Tactical Research Fund. The Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC CEO will consult with the AFAC CEO on the final decision.

Key dates: 

- Round 1: applications close 31 March 2017. Funding available: up to $250,000.

- Round 2: application close June 30 2017. Funding available: up to $250,000.

Click here to download the Tactical Research Fund Application Form.

Completed forms should be returned via email to:

     Desiree Beekharry, desiree.beekharry@bnhcrc.com.au


Quick Response Fund

The Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC has established a Quick Response Fund to provide support for researchers to travel to areas affected by natural disasters (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 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:

     Michael Rumsewicz, michael.rumsewicz@bnhcrc.com.au


Research opportunity

The Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC is responsible for the delivery of a number of bushfire related research projects for the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) Victoria. The call for expressions of interest in the following areas is now closed:

All enquiries please contact Loriana Bethune, loriana.bethune@bnhcrc.com.au.

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