Challenge background

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.

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

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 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.

Read more about the National Science Challenges on the MBIE website

Visit the SfTI page on the MBIE website

Latest news and updates

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.

SfTI Roadshow – Approach to Projects & Funding for 2019-2024

SfTI Roadshows were held around the country during October. These
were a chance to find out more on the SfTI approach to Tranche 2.