Background

Our vision

New Zealand is a vibrant and prosperous technology-driven economy, with new businesses offering high-value services and products that may not yet have been invented.


What we do

SfTI aims to develop world-leading science and technology relevant to Aotearoa New Zealand, with a focus on building enduring partnerships between researchers, Māori organisations and industry. We have invested in 78 projects and supported over 400 researchers from 40 research organisations.


How we operate

We bring together some of New Zealand’s best physical science and engineering talent (researchers) from our research partners, Māori and industry.



Values and principles - Ā Tātou Whanonga Pono



Our research

Our research themes (areas of focus) cover:

  • Materials, manufacturing technology and design
  • Sensors, robotics and automation
  • Data science & digital technologies
  • Vision Mātauranga

Across these themes, we support and invest in large multi-disciplinary Spearhead projects and small high-risk Seed projects



Vision Mātauranga

Our goal is to unite mātauranga Māori and western science to explore new and exciting opportunities to build a vibrant and prosperous technology-driven economy. Read more about the initiatives we have in place, to ensure we continue to deliver Vision Mātauranga impact.



Capacity Development Programme

SfTI also offers its researchers, a Capacity Development (professional development) Programme to support them to take their careers to the next level. The focus of this programme is to support our researchers to build their human (soft skills) and relational (networking) capacity. The goal is improve connections between researchers, Māori and industry so that science is not left ‘stranded in the lab’.