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Natural Hazards Technology Program

ClosedGrant Closed: 14th of March 2024 - 10:00 pm Value: Up to $250,000 Run By: Office of the NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer Further Information: https://www.chiefscientist.nsw.gov.au/rd-action-plan/natural-hazards-technology-program

The Natural Hazards Technology Program (the Program) is a new $1.89 million competitive grants program to accelerate technology innovation and adoption in NSW. The Program will allow better preparation for and respond to natural hazards by trialling field-ready technology with end-user NSW Government agencies. It builds on the success of the Bushfire Response R&D Mission and Bushfire Technology Pilots Program and expands the remit to provide tangible assistance in overcoming challenges from natural hazards.

The Program involves NSW Government agencies posing challenges to address current gaps in responding to, managing and recovering from natural hazards. There is also a 'big ideas' stream to help identify future technology capabilities. The potential partner agencies include NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS), State Emergency Services (SES), NSW Fire and Rescue, NSW Forestry Corp, Reconstruction Authority, NSW Telco Authority, Transport for NSW, Department of Planning and Environment, and the Department of Customer Service.

NSW businesses can apply for up to $250,000 per grant application to propose their solution for one or more of the Program challenges. Participating businesses receive grants to pilot their solution with the NSW Government agency to help solve the challenge. At the end of the Program, NSW Government agencies consider procurement where the solution successfully addresses their need.

Each application is required to align to either:

  • End-User Agency Challenges – a challenge set by end-user NSW agencies requiring an innovative solution (applications can align to more than one challenge). Each challenge outlines a capability that the agency doesn’t currently possess and for which it is willing to explore solutions over the next 12 months.It should be noted that there are more challenges than can be funded.
  • ‘Big Ideas’ Challenge – a cutting-edge or emerging technology/innovation in its application to natural hazards that could deliver a significant impact. Please note the technology will need end-user agency support before it can go through the assessment process.

The Program is designed to:

  • find technology solutions to challenges faced by NSW Government agencies in the management of natural hazards
  • support innovative NSW businesses to field-test their technologies with NSW Government agencies to:
    • refine and improve their product for market
    • build relationships to increase opportunities for future collaborations
  • build and improve NSW Government agency awareness of innovation possibilities in natural hazards management and operations through exposure to new technology.

The benefits of the Program for NSW businesses include:

  • up to $250,000 in grant funding to field-test new technologies with NSW Government agencies.
  • working with the NSW Government agencies to pilot, test and refine solutions.
  • building connections with NSW Government agencies for future opportunities or collaborations.
  • potential NSW Government contracts for successful solutions.
Last Updated: 26th of February 2024
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