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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 Matauranga

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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Latest news and updates

Meet the researchers: Renee Goreham

Renee is one of our SfTI researchers. She grew up in rural Australia and moved to New Zealand in 2016 with her husband Rich, and her children Ella (6) and Evan (3).

INNOVATE December 2018

We are wrapping up for 2018! 

Read December's INNOVATE: the Science for Technological Innovation Challenge newsletter

Professor welcomes National Science Challenge boost

Victoria University of Wellington's Professor Sally Davenport, Director of the Science for Technological Innovation (SfTI) National Science Challenge, has welcomed a $72.7 million funding boost from the Government.