Job opportunity - Research Utilisation Program Support Officer - apply by 3 April


Looking to get your career started in research management? Our Research Utilisation Program Support Officer position could be for you. Applications close 3 April 2018.

This full time position is a newly created and important role for the efficient and effective delivery of our utilisation program. Working closely with the Research Director, Research Utilisation Manager and Manager - Partnership Development, you will provide high-level administrative support to assist in the management of our research utilisation program, including monitoring and evaluation, data analysis and reporting, as well as project and administrative support for partnership development activities.

This is a great opportunity for someone with experience across a range of support functions. Ideally tertiary qualified, or with equivalent work experience, you will be highly organised with the capacity to meet deadlines in order to deliver quality outcomes. Knowledge of the workings of universities or research agencies would be highly regarded, as would database experience.

If this sounds like you, download the Research Utilisation Program Support Officer position descriptionTo apply, forward your application, including resume and cover letter, to Dr John Bates, Research Director, at john.bates@bnhcrc.com.au. For more information phone John on 0408 019 409 or visit SeekApplications close 3 April 2018.


Tactical Research Fund 

The Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC has established a Tactical Research Fund (TRF) 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 and which have national significance.

Round 1 applications closed on 31 March 2017.

Round 2 applications closed on 30 June 2017.

Round 3 applications closed on 28 February 2018.

Funding through the Tactical Research Fund is competitive and before completing an application form, you are encouraged to discuss your application with the CRC’s Research Director (john.bates@bnhcrc.com.au) to ensure your proposed project and your approach are sufficiently well described, are addressing a clear research or utilisation need and are feasible within the funding and time available.

Incomplete applications will be deemed ineligible.

Please note that the application forms were updated on 10 January 2018. All applications for funding are required to use this new application form. 

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 request up to $100,000 (ex GST) funding from the CRC through the TRF program
  • 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 
    • The written support of AFAC Council or ACSES
  • Ideally, projects should be supported by additional funds and in-kind contributions from the proposing groups.

Projects may:

  • Represent new research initiatives, including scoping studies, synthesis studies and literature reviews
  • Support research utilisation activities with a preference for utilisation of research from the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC
  • Be extensions that increase the value and benefit 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 consultancy activities.
  • Product testing.

Outcomes of projects must be made available to all CRC partners, and will be published on the CRC website.

Proposals will be reviewed by the Research Director, Dr John Bates, and Research Manager, Dr Desiree Beekharry of the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC who will make a recommendation for funding of successful projects to the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC CEO, Dr Richard Thornton.

Key dates: 

  • Round 1: applications closed 31 March 2017 (closed)
  • Round 2: applications closed 30 June 2017 (closed)
  • Round 3: applications closed on 28 February 2018 (closed)

Click here to download the Tactical Research Fund Application Form.

Completed forms should be returned via email to:


Four Tactical Research Fund projects are completed or currently ongoing:

Major post-event inquiries and reviews: review of recommendations - Click here to access this project's final report.

A strategic analysis of preventable residential fire fatalities

SES physical fitness for role

A guide to develop bushfire case studies - a case study of cropland fires


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 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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