Mō Te Wero
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 hi-tech New Zealand economy via the physical sciences and engineering.
The SfTI challenge is generously hosted by Callaghan Innovation.
“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
Kia kotahi mai - Te Ao Pūtaiao me Te Ao Hangarau: to come together, to join as one, the world of Science, the world of Innovation.
SfTI aims to develop world-leading science and technology relevant to New Zealand. Our focus is on building enduring partnerships between researchers, business, and Māori organisations.
How we operate
SfTI brings together some of New Zealand’s best physical science and engineering talent from our partner organisations.
Our researchers work in mission-led, multi-organisational, multi-disciplinary, science and engineering research teams that work closely with industry and Māori organisations.
Our partner organisations are:
- The University of Auckland
- The University of Waikato
- Massey University
- Victoria University
- Auckland University of Technology
- University of Canterbury
- Lincoln Agritech
- University of Otago
- Lincoln University
- GNS Science
The National Science Challenges
The National Science Challenges are managed by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE). They are designed to take a more strategic approach to the government's science investment by targeting a series of goals, which, if achieved, would have major and enduring benefits for New Zealand.
The Government has allocated funding of $326.4 million over ten years for the National Science Challenges. In total almost $1.6 billion of funding will be invested in the National Science Challenges.
Latest news and updates
Call for Expressions of Interest (EOI) for new SfTI Personalised Value Chain (PVC) spearhead research project
SfTI welcomes applications from researchers interested in the PVC spearhead project: to enable the use of technology to better link NZ’s exporters with global consumers.
Waikato University Computer Science Professor Steve Reeves heads up a 2017 SfTI SEED project examining how the distributed ledger technology Blockchain will impact New Zealand, and can best be used to protect our interests.
SfTI Challenge Themes: Vision Mātauranga, Sensors, robotics and automation