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The New Zealand Fire Service Commission has a statutory duty to promote fire safety, better work practices and effective rural fire management. This requires that it supports research into better methods and practices of fire safety. The Commission has made available a contestable research fund of $550,000 for 2014-2015 for research into a variety of areas identified as being of immediate importance.


Expressions of Interest are invited from organisations in a position to carry out such research for projects to start in May/June of 2015. The New Zealand Fire Service Commission seeks to fund research that meets its mission of reducing the incidence and consequence of fire.


The research may be in any field. The Commission has determined the following priorities, but welcomes any submissions that address its mission.



  • Literacy and numeracy competencies in volunteers


  • Successful interagency partnerships

Fire and Emergency Services

  • Fire-fighting water demands
  • Environmental criteria in fire-fighting

Safer New Zealand

  • International best practice health, safety and wellbeing leadership in fire and emergency services
  • Successful community partnerships
  • Occupant hand-held fire fighting in buildings
  • High risk storage buildings
  • Understanding barriers and identifying opportunities associated with installing fire safety systems in marae buildings
  • Economic benefits from energy efficiency practices and use of materials in fire stations
  • The economic cost of wildfires

Applicants intending to submit expressions of interest on the Commission’s listed priorities are advised to read the relevant briefing documents.


Research must be novel, must address issues in the context of New Zealand legislation, culture, climate, environment, construction practice or lifestyle, or should show how work carried out overseas may be applied in New Zealand.


This round is now closed for applications, we will be asking for expressions of interest for our next round late October 2015.


If you have any queries please email, phone our fund administrator Stu Dixon on 04 462 4946, or check this website later in the year.


Submissions will be assessed by an independent committee, and suitable applicants will be invited to prepare detailed research proposals.