Submitting a project idea | Natural Hazards Research Australia

Submitting a project idea

Natural Hazards Research Australia welcomes submissions of project ideas for potential inclusion in our research program. Ideas can be for short-, medium- or long-term projects. Only research that can be effectively translated and implemented by end-user organisations will be funded.

The Centre’s research plan will be outlined in a rolling Biennial Research Plan. These plans will be reviewed annually to make sure the Centre is responding to new knowledge needs.

The first Biennial Research Plan will cover the research for the second half of 2022 through to 2024 and will be distributed by the end of June 2022. In the meantime, we have identified the Centre’s more immediate research focus areas here, which enable us to address short-term research needs while we develop our first Biennial Research Plan.

These focus areas are:

  • dynamic building damage and repair modelling​
  • dynamic situational awareness​
  • natural hazard focused risk management and risk reduction​
  • incident management and decision-making in a dynamic and uncertain environment​
  • responsive recovery​
  • understanding the needs and values of communities through a natural hazard lens​
  • strengthening and preservation of business and community lifelines.

Who can submit

Research concepts must be submitted by representatives of one of the Centre’s partners listed here, including agencies, associations, federal government, state government or local government organisations.

Representatives from academic/research and other organisations wishing to collaborate on projects cannot submit project concepts directly to the Centre, but are encouraged to work with the Centre’s partners to develop research concepts that can be submitted by those partner organisations.

Making a submission

Projects should be submitted initially as a concept before a fully developed project brief is prepared. This allows the Centre to work collaboratively with the stakeholders to develop and agree on the final concept before a more detailed project brief is developed.

The Centre can receive concepts for new projects at any time. However, project concepts will only be formally considered for funding twice a year, as a part of the Centre’s ongoing research plan, with those evaluations expected to take place in April and October. Project concepts and briefs received with requests for more urgent approval at other times must include a strong rationale for why the research should be considered at that time.

Project concepts must be submitted on this form via email to While letters of support are not required, they may be included where available.

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Prioritising projects

Projects will be prioritised for inclusion in the Centre’s research program based on the following considerations:

Project-level considerations

  • Alignment of the project with the Centre's Biennial Research Plan (or the research focus areas in the interim).
  • Whether the project addresses a gap in knowledge and has clear research questions that can be addressed through an academic research project.
  • Potential benefits and outcomes of the project are clear and well-demonstrated.
  • More than one stakeholder organisation will benefit from the outcomes of the project.
  • There is strong, demonstrated stakeholder support for the project's translation and implementation within end-user organisations.

Program-level considerations

  • The project's representativeness of the Centre’s overall research program. This includes consideration of the Centre's research priorities (specified in Biennial Research Plans or the research focus areas in the interim), location of research across Australian states and territories, types of natural hazards addressed, and the spread of tactical (less than one year), applied (one to three years) and strategic projects (three to five years).
  • The project's relevance to recent natural hazard events, and findings and recommendations arising from related inquiries.
  • Jurisdictional and sector needs and priorities.

Projects are prioritised in a three-step process.

  • Step one: A panel of Centre representatives will review project concepts, taking the above considerations into account. The panel will consult with the supporting stakeholders regarding the concept's alignment with the Centre’s research program and the decision to take the concept to step two.
  • Step two: Where it is agreed that project concepts should proceed to the next step, Centre staff will work with supporting stakeholders to develop a full project brief.
  • Step three: Project briefs and a recommendation for their funding priority will be presented to the Centre’s Research and Implementation Committee for endorsement prior to seeking Board approval for funding.

Once project briefs are approved for funding, the Centre’s staff will consult with supporting stakeholders to determine the best path to market, to contract an appropriate research provider to undertake the project.


For more information or assistance with developing a project concept, please contact or the Node Research Manager for your state or territory (see