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

Meet the researchers: Janet Stephenson - At the flick of a switch

Electricity costs are a significant burden for many farms, especially those that run extensive irrigation and dairying operations.

Could a re-jig of when the switches are flicked bring farmers big savings?

Meet the researchers: John Cater - Origami in the sky

New Zealand is small, but we control an enormous stretch of ocean that’s around 15 times bigger – more than 4 million square kilometres.

How can we keep eyes on all that water?

Meet the researchers: Julie Choisne - One step at a time

In New Zealand children with cerebral palsy are not physically assessed until age six, in part because they need to be able to keep very still while 40 markers are exactingly fitted to their legs, and then be able to follow precise instructions about where and how to move in a purpose-built facility.

SfTI’s Julie Choisne is working on an alternative system that’s quick, mobile, inexpensive, and easy to fit to a child of any age.