Expressions of interest sought – positive mental health for young adult volunteers

Expressions of interest sought – positive mental health for young adult volunteers

A new research opportunity is available to explore how to best maintain positive mental health and wellbeing for young adult emergency service volunteers. This Expression of Interest is open to all organisations interested in these projects, not just existing partners of the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC. 

Expression of Interest submissions closed on 3 February.

Funded through the CRC’s Tactical Research Fund, this project will aim to:

  • understand the current state of knowledge and practice in minimising the psychological impacts of potentially traumatising events 
  • provide a framework and guidance for fire and emergency services agencies that help them support positive mental health and wellbeing of early career volunteers, with a particular focus on volunteers aged 16 - 25.  

This project will build on key findings from 2018’s National mental health and wellbeing study of police and emergency services, conducted in partnership by the CRC and Beyond Blue.

The research question the project seeks to answer is: What can be done at an individual, local and organisation-wide level to minimise the short and long-term impacts of potentially traumatising events, and promote good mental health and wellbeing for young adult (16-25 year old) volunteers in emergency service organisations? 

More information, including full submission details, are available below.

  1. Call for expression of interest 

Any enquiries or request for further documentation related to these EOI should be directed to David Boxshall: david.boxshall@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.

For more information and key documents visit the tactical research fund page.

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. Funding support is limited to $2500 (inc. GST) per team for any individual event.

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. 

For more information and key documents visit the quick response funding page.

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.

File Conference travel application form

Completed forms should be returned via email to:

John Bates, john.bates@bnhcrc.com.au

Bushfire risk management scholarship

Bushfire risk management scholarship

In partnership with the University of Wollongong, the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC is offering a three and a half year full time scholarship of $AUD 28,092 per annum for a social scientist or scientist with interest in bushfire risk management to conduct a PhD project into the maintenance of bushfire protection measures.

The objectives of the project are to:

  • examine council development applications and required bushfire protection measures for developments in New South Wales
  • interview residents, owners or managers responsible for maintaining bushfire protection measures (focusing on awareness and understanding of the measures, actions to maintain or negate the measures, etc.)
  • assess sites to determine the extent to which bushfire protection measures have been maintained (involving on-site assessments and/or analysis of remotely sensed data)
  • examine the performance of bushfire protection measures during the 2019-2020 bushfires
  • consider recommendations for policy and practice to ensure the maintenance of bushfire protection measures over time.

More information on the research project and how to apply for the scholarship is available here.

Scholarship applications should be emailed to Dr Josh Whittaker at wjoshua@uow.edu.au by Friday 3 April 2020.

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