Building national cybersecurity capacity and resilience is a complex and multi-dimensional problem that requires a view beyond IT. For a nation, the journey toward resilience starts with the understanding of where the country stands now to inform the next steps of national plans.
The not-for-profit Oceania Cyber Security Centre (OCSC) works in partnership with its eight Victorian member universities to advance education and the cybersecurity of Australia and other nations. The OCSC also partners with the University of Oxford, to assess national cybersecurity capacity using the Cybersecurity Capacity Maturity Model for Nations (CMM).
Due to the implementation of a new corporate plan, the OCSC is now seeking Expressions of Interest for its new Small Research Grants Program.
OCSC is allocating $150,000 in the 2022/23 Financial Year to fund up to five projects with a maximum grant of $30,000 per project. More than five projects will be funded if total project budgets do not exceed $150,000.
Successfully funded projects will focus on areas which are relevant to OCSC’s corporate mission.
Projects should have an emphasis on the cybersecurity challenges facing the Indo-Pacific region. This could include examining the uptake, compliance and activities stemming from the Boe Declaration, to building fit for purpose and effective national cybersecurity functions. Preference will be given to projects which focus on the non-technical aspects of cybersecurity and related governance, policy and regulatory issues.
Interested applicants should further familiarise themselves with OCSC’s research on the connection between the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and cybersecurity. OCSC will welcome proposals which understands this linkage and can demonstrate how the proposed research outcomes incorporates the objectives of the SDG.
OCSC will accept applications from both individual early to mid-stage researchers, and or consortiums from any faculties of OCSC member universities.
It is anticipated that projects will commence by end-September 2022 and be completed by January 2023. Any variance to this timing must be specified in the application however all projects must be completed by 30 June 2023.
Applications will be assessed by OCSC management and its Research Council and successful applicants will be invited to present their projects to a joint meeting of the OCSC Board, Advisory Board and Research Council. Depending on the applicability of any of projects to OCSC’s future activities, opportunities may present for the project to be exposed on a wider, international basis.
The selection criteria for these projects involve a mix of general research experience, preferable in a multi-disciplinary environment. International experience is preferred or demonstrated interest and awareness in global cyber challenges.
Each applicant should provide a one-page project outline specifying what their project is, how it aligns to OCSC’s mission, what are the key cybersecurity challenges that are being addressed, and how the project may result in greater impact to improve cyber maturity and/or resilience, preferably at a country or regional-level. A separate table stating the project team and expected project costs on a time, labour and materials basis must be included.