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Science for Technological Innovation (SfTI) – Kia kotahi mai - Te Ao Pūtaiao me Te Ao Hangarau – National Science Challenge.

Challenge background

The Science for Technological Innovation Challenge (SfTI) launched in 2015. One of 11 National Science Challenges, SfTI is a 10-year, multi-million dollar Government investment whose mission is to grow a high-tech New Zealand economy via the physical sciences and engineering.

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Our People

Read about the people and organisations who are behind the SfTI Science Challenge. 

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Vision Mātauranga

Vision mātauranga is a New Zealand government science policy framework. Its mission is to unlock the science and innovation potential of Māori knowledge, resources and people for the benefit of all New Zealanders. Vision mātauranga is integrated (kia kōtahi) into all Challenge activity and its way of working and thinking.

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Capacity Development

To accelerate the evolution of our high-tech economy, we fund our researchers to expand their human and relational skills, so that they can connect and co-innovate with industry and Māori and create new, high-value, high-impact products and services.

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Intellectual Property Policies and Principles

The purpose of the Science for Technological and Innovation (SfTI) National Science Challenge is to create benefits for New Zealand, including through the creation and exploitation of Project IP. The SfTI Policies and Principles document sets out what each Party agrees to comply with in their participation in the SfTI National Science Challenge. The more specific provisions around ownership and management of Intellectual Property (IP) are set out in the IP Management Plan.

Our IP Management Plan sets out expectations of the Parties around ownership, management and commercialisation of Project IP, Mātauranga Māori, Taonga Species and the licensing of Background IP.

Latest news and updates

Innovate – August 2019

Welcome to INNOVATE for your SfTI update for August 2019, catch up on the latest news here. 

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The 2019 Kiwinet Awards – you’ve always got our vote Bruce!

The Kiwinet Awards celebrate heroes in research commercialisation. SfTI Deputy Director, Professor Bruce MacDonald of University of Auckland was a finalist for the Baldwins Researcher Entrepreneur Award.