Student short term industry placement opportunity

The University of New England (UNE) and Emergency Management Victoria (EMV) are seeking a part time, fixed term research assistant to compile a literature review. The literature review forms a pivotal part of a monitoring and evaluation (MER) based project, recently awarded a BNH CRC Tactical Research Grant. 

The incumbent will be responsible for collating key resilience literature and MER frameworks from a variety of sectors, identifying best practice of capturing the outcomes of community resilience in policy and programs.

Some key questions will include:
• Where are best practices coming from?
• What aspects are transferable?
• What are the challenges and how can they be addressed?
• What are the benefits being observed?

There is the opportunity for the role to also include formalising a project advisory group, including a communications plan.  

Ideal Candidate

  • This position would be ideal for a current PhD student looking for work experience or a personal development opportunity within the emergency management sector. 
  • The 2 month position will be based in EMV (negotiable) and report to the Research Coordination unit.
  • At this stage, the position will be 1-2 days a week. 
  • Knowledge of community resilience and MER is desirable, but not essential.

How to apply
Please email Dr Holly Foster at holly.foster@emv.vic.gov.au briefly introducing yourself and include a short curriculum vitae.

Tactical Research Fund - project proposals wanted!

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.

Round 1 applications closed on 31 March 2017.

Round 2 applications closed on 30 June 2017.

It is expected that there will be a Round 3 later in 2017. Check back here for details.

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
  • Ideally, should be supported by additional funds from the proposing groups.

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, Michael Rumsewicz, and Research Manager, Desiree Beekharry of the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC and a recommendation  to the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC CEO, Richard Thornton.

Key dates: 

- Round 1: applications closed 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

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