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Bushfire Response R&D Mission

The NSW Bushfire Response R&D Mission (BRM) is the first NSW R&D mission recommended by the Turning ideas into jobs: Accelerating research & development in NSW Action Plan.

The Action Plan recommends that the BRM should focus on improving planning, preparations for and responses to bushfires – aligning with recommendation five of the recent NSW Bushfire Inquiry.

The NSW Government will direct $28 million into research and development and promoting new and emerging industries and technology to better prepare the state for future bushfires.

Based on the positive impact of current innovation network and innovation programs, it is expected the BRM will generate on average 200 new and sustainability technology jobs per year, equivalent to 2,000 jobs over the next decade.

The BRM has four objectives:

  • Supporting an ecosystem of bushfire technology companies, connected with NSW researchers. This will leverage the skills, expertise and networks in existing NSW innovation networks in Smart Sensing and Defence, providing seed funding for key projects to apply technologies to bushfire challenges, and serve as the focus for attracting Commonwealth funding to NSW.
  • Establishing an early-stage Bushfire Commercialisation Fund (BCF) to enable Small to Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) to develop and commercialise products related to bushfire technologies. This will be developed along the lines of successful models adopted for the Medical Devices Fund (MDF) and Physical Sciences Fund (PSF). These funds have been essential in scaling businesses to attract investment by private capital and helping to build SME capability in key industry sectors.
  • Supporting a Technology Delivery Process to enable both existing commercial and new technologies to be fielded and evaluated by frontline NSW bushfire services. This is essential both in understanding what will work, familiarising end-users with what is possible, and providing a key customer reference point for companies to build opportunities. This is the Bushfire Technology Pilots Program.
  • Supporting a Program of STEM Outreach and Engagement with communities, providing education and skills training for school children focused on technologies of immediate relevance to bushfire response, to inspire and enable a new generation of technologists.

Contact

If you have questions regarding the BRM, contact us through: bushfiremission@chiefscientist.nsw.gov.au