Federal Government Research Opportunities

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It is raining opportunities at present with the Department of Education and Training publishing a number of really interesting research and associated projects.  These opportunities can be found at the Australian Government’s Aus Tender site.  If anyone is interested in a partnership/consortium approach please keep me in mind and make contact.

Opportunity Number One is to map the scale and scope of Australia’s higher education delivery offshore and online, identify barriers and growth opportunities, and recommend how Australian providers can take up these opportunities.

Opportunity Number Two is to conduct research into the academic outcomes of various cohorts of international higher education students.

Opportunity Number Three is to identify means of expanding research collaboration between regional Australia and Southeast Asia.

And finally, Opportunity Number Four is not quite in the same vein, though it may well be of interest to some of our followers.  This one is to develop a VET market access toolkit.

Please head back to the Posts Page and leave a reply if you want to discuss any of these opportunities, or just make a general comment.

Happy Easter to All!



Bangladesh Review of Building Skills for Unemployed and Underemployed Labour

This project, funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, is calling for expressions of interest for a mid-term review to be conducted for an international consultant.  The terms of reference outline in detail this opportunity.  Effectively it includes 14 days on-site visits in Bangladesh between 13 and 25 January 2018.

I hope this might be of interest to one of our members, or to an extended colleague of the AVETRA Educator Hub.



A special opportunity for one of our Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander colleagues looking to take on a full-time research scholarship.  This sounds like an amazing opportunity and I wish anyone applying the best of luck!

Applications close 20 November 2017! 


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Another interesting opportunity:  This time in Western Balkan countries

Such an interesting world of research going on at this time.  Check out the terms of reference for this project which is anticipated to take two people 42 days to complete.  It does include the need for a couple of days in Turin, Italy.

I hope someone out there might be in a position to submit an expression of interest.  And good luck if it is you!

Significant research undertaking required for NSW Government

Hello again Colleagues

An opportunity which came across my desk may appeal to an individual or a consortium of the AVETRA Educator Hub readers.  The NSW Government is planning a significant review of post-school decision factors regarding further study and employment entry.  See below for details:

RFT ID: DI-SED-17-253
RFT Title: Expression of Interest – Pathways for the Future – Reform Project
Close Date & Time: 1-May-2017 3:00 PM
Agency: NSW Dept of Industry – Skills & Economic Development
Category: Economic analysis
Description: The NSW Government is seeking to procure consultancy services to identify and analyse the pathways that young people aged 15-24 years in NSW undertake in and after school through to  vocational education and training (VET), higher education, and the workforce.  The purpose of the EOI is to identify potential suppliers with the capability and capacity to deliver the consultancy services. Select suppliers will then be progressed to an Request for Proposal stage and it is the Department’s intention to enter into a contract with one supplier (or consortium of suppliers) to deliver the consultancy services.


Hello colleagues

Another two opportunities from the UNESCO/UNEVOC forum:

Request for Proposals to develop Competency Standards, Competency-Based Learning Materials, Assessment Tools

Dear All,

The ILO Country Office for Bangladesh published the TORs to recruit individual Constants/Consulting firms to develop the Competency Standards, Course Accreditation Documents, Assessment Tools, Trainee’s Record Books for the Pharmaceuticals, Ceramics, Agro-Food and Tourism and Hospitality sectors under the Bangladesh Skills for Employment and Productivity (B-SEP) Project funded by Canada.

We also published the TORs to recruit Individual Consultants/ Organisations to develop Competency-Based Learning Materials (CBLMs) for the Furniture and Tourism and Hospitality sectors.

We encourage you all who has relevant experience to submit the proposals and we are also requesting you to share the following links to your friends/organisations who are interested to submit the proposals.

1. http://www.ilo.org/wcmsp5/grou…enericdocument/wcms_502359.pdf

2. http://www.ilo.org/wcmsp5/grou…enericdocument/wcms_502361.pdf

3. http://www.ilo.org/wcmsp5/grou…enericdocument/wcms_503514.pdf

4. http://www.ilo.org/wcmsp5/grou…enericdocument/wcms_503516.pdf

Thank you very much for your cooperation.

Kind regards.

Md. Serajul Islam
Programme Officer (CBT&A Quality and Relevance)
Bangladesh Skills for Employment and Productivity (B-SEP) Project
ILO Country Office for Bangladesh


And Number Two:

Academic post in International VET in Nottingham

We have a vacancy for a new member of our UNEVOC Centre team in Nottingham

Applications are invited for the above post based at the University’s Jubilee Campus. The successful candidate will make a significant contribution to the School’s Centre for International Education Research, actively seeking out external research funding, producing high quality publications and engaging with external stakeholders to inform policy and practice. They will support the development of new online Masters modules/programmes and CPD courses and will contribute to the new BA Education as appropriate. They will be an active member of the Nottingham UNESCO-UNEVOC Centre. The role holder will also undertake work in other areas in the School, including research student supervision.

Assistant Professor level – Candidates should hold a research degree e.g. MPhil, PhD or EdD (or equivalent) in a relevant area. They should also have experience of developing and leading research bids and experience of supervising at Masters or Doctoral level.

Associate Professor level – candidates should hold a research degree e.g. MPhil, PhD or EdD (or equivalent) in a relevant area. They should also have experience of supervising and examining at Doctoral level and experience of leading successful research projects.

This is a full-time permanent post.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Professor Andrew Noyes, Email: Andrew.Noyes@Nottingham.ac.uk. Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.


I hope these are of interest to some of our members.


Anne Bowden


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Academia provides a great opportunity to disseminate your research.  This is a real 21st Century approach to dissemination, using an open source platform to ‘bring the world’s research online’.   Whilst it is true that it is run by a small team, it is certainly not a small deal.  it will:

  • give you an opportunity to put your research online making it available to people via a link;
  • give you exposure in the research community;
  • allow you to access, completely free, an impressive array of research.

Some of the research adheres to long-standing practices, including double blind peer review.  Other research is submitted by practitioners who have reflected on what is happening in the here and now.

Here is what the founder of Academia says:

We’re building an Open Science platform to bring the world’s research online, available to all, for free. With over 24,730,498 registered users and growing at 10% per month, Academia.edu is rapidly transforming the way researchers share their work. We’re a small team of 22 people passionate about building great software to open up science. Last year we raised $11 million from Khosla Ventures, Spark Capital, and True Ventures to fuel the growth of the platform and the team.

You will need to set up an account (free) with Academia .  Oh yes, and a little word of warning:  ethics clearance and research code of conduct is important in all forms of research.  It is worthwhile gaining ethics clearance either from your workplace, your educational institution, or AVETRA (for members) before disseminating research.

Opportunities in India and Bangladesh

Hello colleagues

Two opportunities have become known to me through the UNESCO-UNEVOC Forum of which I am a member. One is for a trainer with Certificate IV TAE in India, and one is for a Consultation in Review of Technical Management Centres in Bangladesh.

If you are interested, look for these at the UNESCO-UNEVOC discussion forum http://www.unevoc.unesco.org/e-forum You will need to join, but it’s free and very worthwhile.

This page will be updated with new opportunities as they arise.  Have a look at these:

NCVER Building Research Capacity

Australian Government Grants and Tenders


7 thoughts on “Opportunities

  1. TDA/AVETRA Industry Innovation Scholarship
    Nominations are now called for 2015 scholarship

    TDA and AVETRA signed a Memorandum of Understanding to foster innovation and applied research in TAFE. We are pleased to announce the first initiative under the MOU, the TAFE Innovation Scholarship. The scholarship winner for 2014 is David McLean, Deputy Head of School (Business Services) at RMIT University in Melbourne. David’s project is to research funding and training models to enable the design and development of lean micro-business start-ups for the health and community services industry.

    The scholarship provides $6,000 to an individual or group of TAFE practitioners to investigate innovative ways to meet industry or community skill needs. The outcomes will inform new practices and/or partnership models for TAFE and specific industry/community sectors.

    The Scholarship supports TDA’s Strategic Plan to position TAFE in a competitive training market and AVETRA’s strong commitment to the development of research in vocational education and training nationally. Registrations which contain industry co-sponsorship contributions to the industry research topic/s will be encouraged.

    For more information and the application form, go to the AVETRA website to Awards/Scholarships. Applications close 27 February 2015.


    1. NCVER is seeking stakeholder views on its proposed research plan 2015-16

      The research prospectus outlines a set of priorities and topics that will address current and emerging issues in the VET sector, so guiding the 2015-16 research program at NCVER.

      The topics are presented under an organising framework in four areas of focus: productivity, participation and outcomes, learning and teaching, and the place and role of VET. The prospectus is intended to provoke wide discussion and interest in VET research with the aim of further improving how we address the diverse needs of our many clients.

      Your views on the prospectus are welcome: researchprospectus@ncver.edu.au. Alternatively please join us for a webinar Where to with VET research on Thursday 12 March from 2.30pm AEDT. Registration details available here.

      Also this link will direct people to the Research Prospectus: http://www.ncver.edu.au/wps/poc?urile=wcm:path:/wps/wcm/connect/NCVER_Content/NCVER/Research/Research+Priorities/research-prospectus-2015


      1. Details of Peter Hurley, the 2015 winner of the AVETRA/TDA scholarship, are on the website along with Peter’s picture from the AVETRA Awards. Both Peter and David McLean (2014 winner) are giving a presentation at the TDA conference this week – 9/10 September in Hobart. We will be putting up David’s paper very soon for all to read – an exciting and innovative piece of work.

        Nominations will shortly be called for 2016 scholarship.



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