Jury’s selection announced: 50 innovative wildfire solutions enter the next phase of the FIRE-RES Open Innovation Challenge 

Today, 24 January 2024, the FIRE-RES consortium announces its Open Innovation Challenge (OIC) list of selected innovations. These innovations will receive tailored in-kind acceleration support and mentorship to develop into fully implemented products and processes that help address the risks posed by wildfires in Europe and beyond.

50 solutions – from early idea innovations to in-market solutions, from data-driven technology and advanced firefighting equipment to educational methodologies and community engagement processes, from different parts of Europe, South America, and the U.S., and covering risks before, during and after wildfire events – have been selected to participate in the FIRE-RES Innovation Acceleration Programme. In addition to access to training materials and events as well as contacts brokerage opportunities, the selected solutions will be invited to enter a competitive application process for financial support for demonstration or piloting activities and the opportunity to test their solution in the realistic environments of one of the project’s Living Labs.  

The jury consisted of representatives from the consortium (ForestWISE, INESC TEC, CTFC, and EFI). Practitioners from a number of FIRE-RES Living Labs acted as advisors to the jury.

A wide variety of solutions go forward to receive acceleration support 

As expected, a large proportion of the solutions centre around technology for the purpose of gathering data, processing it into information, facilitating access to knowledge and enabling learning over time.  

Another common type of solution involves focusing on firefighting equipment with a view to improving materials, effectiveness and safety, leveraging new engineering possibilities, and increasing compatibility and connectivity across geographical contexts.

Innovative formats and ideas for training frontline operators form another group among the selected innovations.

Finally, a good number of the selected innovations target communities in fire-prone locations and beyond. These aim for improved preparation, response and recovery in the future. It is, therefore, not surprising that some of them focus on engaging young people in particular.  

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The project leading to this application has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101037419.

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