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Bushfire Response R&D Mission

Bushfire Commercialisation Fund

The NSW Government established the Bushfire Commercialisation Fund (BCF) under the NSW Bushfire Response R&D Mission to accelerate the development, commercialisation and adoption of bushfire technologies and services in NSW.

The objective of the BCF is to enable businesses to:

  • progress bushfire technology along the commercialisation pathway, or
  • adapt existing technology for use in bushfire management or operations

The BCF targets innovative devices/systems within Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 3 – 7 to help them move along the TRL scale and enable them to attract large-scale private investment.

The BCF will provide funding support through a competitive process to individuals, companies, research institutes and universities to take local innovations to market.

The total amount of grant funding available for the first round is $8 million.

Further, the Office of the Chief Scientist & Engineer is partnering with the Minderoo Foundation on the BCF. There are strong strategic alignments between the Minderoo’s Flood and Fire Initiative and the NSW Bushfire Response R&D Mission. For consenting applicants, the Minderoo Foundation will assess applications at their discretion and may provide additional or separate funding through associated existing programs and/or collaborations that are aligned to their Fire Shield Mission.

Applications for the 2022 BCF have now closed


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Important dates

19 July 2022Preliminary applications open
12 September 2022Preliminary applications close
November 2022
Shortlisted applicants present to the Expert Panel
December 2022Final applications requested
February 2023Final applications close
March 2023Bushfire Commercialisation Fund Announcement Event

Please note that dates are subject to change.


If you have questions regarding the BCF, contact us through:


NSW Deep Tech Commercialisation Training Program – Foundations

For access to a free online training program designed to provide researchers and early-stage companies with key elements of building a successful deep tech business, please sign up here. The program is part of the NSW Deep Tech Commercialisation Training Program (DTCTP) and was designed by Cicada Innovations.