The VC Flood Recovery Project Scheme
Are you a Southern Cross University staff member who is leading, or proposing to lead a project to help with the flood recovery in the Northern Rivers? If so, apply today to seed fund your new project, or extend your existing project.
With up to 6 project grants available up to a total value of $25,000 each, The VC Flood Recovery Project Scheme aims to provide financial support for SCU lead projects that are making a real difference in the Northern Rivers Community.
Check out the FAQs and guidelines and submit your application today.
Applications close 5pm 3 August, 2022.
A message from our Vice Chancellor
Southern Cross University colleagues continue to be deeply involved in the flood recovery. These efforts are making a real difference and will endure well into the future. This scheme is designed to support existing flood recovery initiatives or to help seed new innovative solutions that will assist the northern rivers community into the future. I encourage all interested colleagues – whether engaged in professional or academic work – to apply.
Professor Tyrone Carlin — Vice-Chancellor and President
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What is the VC Flood Recovery Project Scheme?
The VC Flood Recovery Project Scheme will fund up to six projects that combine research and engagement to align with the broader academic remit of the University. Projects must be designed to support specific segments of the Northern Rivers (NR) community in the process of recovery. Successful projects will involve intentional engagement with communities most impacted by the recent disasters. Funding can be used to seed new projects or to extend projects that are already supporting the communities in the NR region. Consideration will be given as to which projects duplicate existing activities or address segments or needs that are currently not being addressed.
Q. What are the important criteria?
The Recovery Project Scheme will fund up to six projects that combine research and engagement to align with the broader academic remit of the University. Important criteria include:
- Projects must be led by Southern Cross University staff, but should also involve community or industry groups based in the Northern Rivers
- The project lead and co-lead must be Southern Cross University staff members employed on a continuing basis, or on a fixed-term basis for three years or more, with clear ties to the Northern Rivers community
- Preference will be given to projects led by staff with direct experience of the disaster
- Outcomes must include research outputs or the creation of opportunities for research outputs, and dissemination to the Northern Rivers community
- Projects must be completed within 12 months of funding approval (unless otherwise specified).
Q. When can I apply for the VC Flood Recovery Project Scheme?
Applications for the VC Flood Recovery Project Scheme will open on 22 June, 2022 and close at 5pm on 3 August, 2022.
Q. Is my project eligible?
Applications will be judged on how they meet the following selection criteria:
- Evidence of the NR community need the recovery project will meet
- Benefit to the community of the NR
- Feasibility, quality and impact of the proposed project
- Team track record of delivering funded projects
- Evidence of community engagement in project development, and in project implementation
- Alignment of research project to the Southern Cross research plan and faculty research strategies.
Q: How do we submit the application online?
It is difficult to return to a saved application. It is our recommendation to access the application form questions here. Prepare your responses and submit them using the online form below in a single setting. Please note the tick form to confirm your supervisor is aware of your application.
Q. How important is timely delivery of the project?
Speed in delivery of project outcomes is essential. Teams unable to demonstrate their project will be implemented in a timely way will not be considered.
Q. What is the funding pool of the scheme?
The scheme will fund six projects up to a combined total of $150,000.
Q. Who will judge submissions?
The judging panel will consist of the Vice Chancellor, leaders within Southern Cross and from communities within the Northern Rivers. They will be announced once empanelled.
Q. Where must I be based to submit my proposal?
You can be based at any of the University’s campus locations.
Where can I find more information?
Contact Rhianna Poole
Innovation Projects Manager
The Office of Engagement