The Science for Technological Innovation National Science Challenge (SfTI) is a 10-year (2014-2024) science investment
with a mission to enhance the capacity of Aotearoa-New Zealand to use physical sciences and engineering for economic growth and prosperity.
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 97 projects and supported over 555 researchers from 41 research organisations.
Our research themes (areas of focus) cover:
- Materials, manufacturing technology and design
- Sensors, robotics and automation
- Data science & digital technologies
- 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’.