What we research

Fire and Emergency New Zealand has a statutory duty to promote fire safety, better work practices and effective rural fire management.  The Contestable Research Fund has $550,000 per year to fund research in support of our organisational objectives.


For 2017-2018, research on the following topics is being commissioned:

  • School programmes evaluation
  • Fatal fire risk factors
  • Improving the accuracy of grass curing
  • Public injury and fatalities at controlled burns
  • Non-fire incidents and resilience
  • After fire impacts on community

Tendering process  

Each year between October and December, we identify research topics that will inform service delivery and development of Fire and Emergency New Zealand. These topics are prioritised by the Strategic Leadership team and Board.


These research priorities are put out to tender. However, suppliers may submit research proposals in any field that addresses Fire and Emergency New Zealand's mission. The fund is advertised via the 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. The Research Advisory Committee assesses all submitted proposals. This committee consists of the Director of Business Effectiveness (Chair), one internal urban representative, one internal rural representative and two independent members - one with a natural science background and one with a social science background. Successful research projects usually start in July.


If you have any queries about this process, please email research@fireandemergency.nz.