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Bushfire Response R&D Mission

Bushfire Technology Pilots Program

The NSW Government has established the Bushfire Technology Pilots Program (BTPP) under the NSW Bushfire Response R&D Mission to enable both existing commercial and new bushfire technologies to be fielded and evaluated by frontline NSW bushfire services.

The objective of the BTPP is to enable businesses to:

  • commercialise field-ready technology for bushfire-related applications through the trial or pilot of technology with end-user agencies in NSW
  • improve end-user agencies' awareness of innovation possibilities in bushfire management and operations through exposure to new technology.

Bushfire Technology Pilots Program Round Two

Applications for round two of the BTPP are now closed.


BTPP Round Two Guidelines

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


BTPP Applicant Supporting Documents

NSW Fire Technology and Challenges

Operational Roles of NSW Fire-Related Agencies

Creating your technology video pitch - NSW Bushfire Technology

NSW Bushfire Response R&D Mission Technology Readiness Levels

About the Bushfire Technology Pilots Program

The BTPP targets innovative devices/systems that are at a minimum Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 6.

The BTTP is providing a total of $6 million in grant funding over four years for field-ready bushfire technology to be trialled or piloted with NSW fire and emergency coordination and response agencies in an operational environment. Round two of the program provides up to $250,000 (excluding GST) per grant application from a total grant pool of up to $2.6 million (excluding GST).

Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis, based on a merit-based assessment by an independent Expert Panel comprised of senior leaders with expertise in bushfire management and operations and venture capital, and end-user NSW government agency support of the application/s. Only applications that are supported by end-user NSW government agencies will be recommended for funding.

Further, the Office of the Chief Scientist & Engineer is partnering with the Minderoo Foundation on the BTPP. 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.

Bushfire Technology Pilots Program Round One Recipients

The first round of the BTPP provided funding to five companies to work with NSW Government agencies to pilot their technology. Further details can be found at the link below.

BTPP Round One Recipients

The round one of the BTPP received coverage on Channel 7 news. The video can be viewed below.


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