Research Priorities Set (Oct-Dec): 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.
Expressions of Interest Called (late January): 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 expressions of interest are assessed by the NZFS Research Advisory Group. A limited number of organisations will then be invited in writing to submit detailed proposals for scrutiny by the 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