Opportunities

Expressions of interest sought - bushfire risk management, wildlife and environmental research

Expressions of interest sought - bushfire risk management, wildlife and environmental 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.

Creation of a Grassland Fire Danger Index Dataset - EOI closed 10 September 2018

This research will utilise past data to create a new dataset of grassland curing and grassland fire danger to better enable communities and agencies to understand grassland fire danger.

Please note this EOI was updated on 22 August.

  • Temporal Resolution: The Grassland Curing Dataset is required to have daily temporal resolution to ensure the subsequent GFDI dataset is daily.
  • Temporal Data Gaps: The MODIS and Landsat datasets will comprise large temporal data gaps, specifically Landsat. The applicant needs to describe a feasible gap-filling approach. For example, employ a pasture growth model, apply a linear regression, etc.
  • Curing Algorithm: The applicant needs to describe what algorithm will be used to calculate curing from satellite data. The applicant can utilise a previously derived algorithm (for example, an NDVI-based algorithm) or can derive a new algorithm.
  • Landsat data and MODIS data: The grassland curing dataset can be derived from Landsat data (1972 - ~2000) and MODIS data (~2000 - 2017). The crossover date from Landsat to MODIS can be determined during the project.

Human dimensions of environmental crime - EOI closed 10 September 2018

This project will look at the motivations behind non-compliance by those responsible from environmental crime, such as illegal rubbish dumping, to enable DELWP to develop more targeted and effective compliance actions. 

National guidelines for seizure and holding of wildlife - EOI closed 3 September 2018

This research will develop guidelines for the seizure and holding of wildlife, which will reduce mishandling, cruelty, illegal take, holding, theft and trade. The guidelines will assist DELWP effectively seize and hold wildlife for the purposes of welfare, evidence and/or quarantine.

Conceptual framework to show benefits of compliance - EOI closed 20 August 2018

This project will create a framework that describes how actions in environmental compliance result in impacts or harms being avoided. It will also develop measurable outcomes by which DELWP can demonstrate how compliance leads to better environmental benefits.  

Use of emerging technologies for native wildlife population assessment and management EOI closed 3 August 2018

Using emerging technologies including unmanned aviation vehicles and visual/non-visual sensors, this project will assess the habitat conditions and populations of wildlife. The technology will enable researchers to review current science practices and work towards developing systematic methods for DELWP to undertake ecological, repeatable and reliable assessments of wildlife populations and habitat conditions. 

Effectiveness of resources to suppress bushfire - EOI closed 3 August 2018

This project will explore the effective use of resources, such as trucks, aircraft or bulldozers, on different types of bushfires. The study will highlight any inefficiencies and make suggestions on better practices to improve resource use. A core outcome will be the utilisation of a robust methodology, which will determine the suppression resources needed across an entire fire season. 

Development of seasonal fire prediction tools - EOI closed 27 July 2018

This project will conduct a needs analysis for the development of seasonal fire forecasts that can be implemented across Victoria. It will calibrate and assess long range Forest Fire Danger Indices and develop a proof of concept and experimental seasonal fire forecasting products that consider Forest Fire Danger Indices forecasts with possible enhancements to the base product that include fuel availability and comparison to similar season types.

Effects of fire on specific ecosystems - EOI closed 27 July 2018

This research will examine how four specific ecosystems respond to fire. The project will create a body of knowledge of how fire effects these ecosystems, and how resilient they are to fire. The knowledge and outcomes of this project will strengthen decision making to enhance bushfire management across Victoria. 

User interface for fire weather dataset - EOI closed 20 July 2018

This project will develop a user interface for Victorian bushfire management agencies. The user interface will enable user-friendly access to the Victorian historical fire weather gridded dataset, which will be used to inform risk tools for strategic, tactical and community engagement purposes. The project also involves incorporating information from the database into the existing Google Climate Engine, which will create a web-based system for users to access data on the trends and variability of fire weather. 

Climate change and fire weather – EOI closed 13 July 2018

This research will take into account the impacts of climate change on fire weather, including how variables such as rainfall, temperature, wind and relative humidity might change in the future. This will strengthen the knowledge and data available in Victoria, informing decision making and climate change models.

EOIs for this project are currently under assessment. We will let respondents know if they have been successful in due course.  

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 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 formal written support of an AFAC Collaboration Group, or 
    • The formal 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:

office@bnhcrc.com.au

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

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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