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Call for Seed Projects – National Science Challenge

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This article was published on 27 May 2016

Science for Technological Innovation.

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To help realise its vision of a vibrant, prosperous, technology driven New Zealand, the National Science Challenge for Technological Innovation is putting out a call for Seed Project proposals.

National Science Challenge for Technological Innovation (the Challenge) Seed Projects will apply science to a potentially disruptive technology area that could create economic growth. 

Successful proposals will need to align with research themes:

• Vision Mātauranga  (embedding purposeful and mutually beneficially relationships with Māori from scientific concept through to end use product or service)
• Materials, Manufacturing and Design
• Sensors, Robotics and Automation
• IT Data Analytics and Modelling.

Proposals that build New Zealand's innovation capacity will also be considered.

Successful Seed Projects will bring in new ideas and increase the number of researchers in the Challenge community. Any New Zealand-based researcher not involved with the Challenge and whose project isn’t already funded can apply.

Seed Project funding

Each funded Seed Project will receive up to $100,000 per year for a maximum of three years.

In 2016 the Challenge will fund 8-10 projects with some or all of the following characteristics:

• Alignment to Challenge themes (not Portfolios or Spearheads)
• Novel stretch science
• Potential to contribute to New Zealand’s economic growth.

How to apply

Applications close at the end of May and can be made through the IMS Portal. (If you have not used the IMS Portal before, you will need to apply for access via your organisation’s research office.)

Successful applicants will be notified in mid-July 2016 and can begin research from August 2016.

For more information download: PDF iconSeed Projects - Call for Proposals

About the Challenge 

The Challenge is a 10 year, multimillion dollar investment to grow the New Zealand economy. Hosted by Callaghan Innovation, its vision is of a vibrant, prosperous and technology-driven New Zealand where new businesses offer high value services and products – some of which have not yet been invented. Science and technology developed in the Challenge will be highly relevant for application in New Zealand, with the potential for global market reach.

Aims of the Challenge

The Challenge aims to make sure research can more effectively contribute to the success of New Zealand firms with global ambition. Through the Challenge scientists and engineers will become better equipped to be more proactive – starting conversations with industry and taking advantage of opportunities created by innovators and entrepreneurs who will use research to develop new products and services.

Research projects will improve Technical capacity (science and engineering), Human capacity (people and their skills); and Relational capacity (the network between researchers and industry).

Research community led

The Challenge is led by researchers across eight Universities, three Crown Research Institutes and one independent research organisation. Challenge research themes cover four large, multidisciplinary research areas. Under these themes sit five portfolios focused on globally important issues where New Zealand industry could contribute. Each Portfolio has a Spearhead project that opens up a new area of scientific endeavour.  A successful Seed Project could become a Spearhead in years to come.

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