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 an annual contestable research fund of $550,000 for research into a variety of areas identified as being of immediate importance.
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Key dates/research process
Each year the New Zealand Fire Service Commission determines a set of research priorities that will assist them in meeting their mission of reducing the incidence and consequence of fire. In most instances a project brief will be prepared for a given topic of interest or priority area, however the research may be in any field that addresses the Commission's mission.
The fund is advertised in all major New Zealand daily papers, Government Electronic Tendering System (GETS) and directly to academic and major research institutes. Guidelines on submission are provided and a closing date for submissions set. All submitted proposals are assessed by the NZFS Research Advisory Group. The proposal are judged according to the following criteria:
- Capability of the organisation and its staff
- Track record of the organisation in carrying out research projects
- Description of a sound methodology
- Value for money
NZFS will go out to tender in early 2017 with a set of research priorities. Projects for this round will begin at the start of the 2017/18 financial year.