Seed project funding 2020
SfTI is currently assessing project proposals to initiate new Seed projects from 1 July 2020. At this stage, SfTI does not foresee any changes or delays to the assessment process and timeline due to COVID-19. We will keep you updated here and, applicants will be notified via email if there are any changes that will impact the timing of results notifications.
More information on eligibility, and the application process be found below, and within our Call for Proposals 2020 document:
Please note, there have been some key changes to previous funding rounds:
Priority will be given to proposals:
- aligned with the Data Science and Data Technologies (DSDT) or Sensors, Robotics & Automation (SRA) themes
- with a team (including the Principal Investigator) of emerging researchers and;
- Vision Mātauranga (VM) aligned research.
Researchers currently funded within other SfTI projects, are not eligible for funded involvement in Seed projects.
National Q&A webinar
SfTI hosted two national webinars for researchers interested in applying for Seed Project funding in mid February. The purpose of the webinar was to answer questions about the CfP document.
We welcome project proposals from researchers at New Zealand based organisations, with research capability relevant to SfTI’s research themes: Sensors, Robotics and Automation; Data Science and Digital Technologies; and Materials, Manufacturing Technology and Design.
Researchers currently funded within other SfTI projects are not eligible for funded involvement in Seed projects, though unfunded personnel with relevant involvement are eligible
Project proposal guidelines
The project proposal must demonstrate the following aspects:
- Stretch science (clever, risky, complex), and/or address a potentially disruptive technology area.
- Focus on physical sciences and engineering research aspects although the context of the project may be in another field e.g. health, biological sciences, food processing or business.
- Make a strong case for the New Zealand context and niche, and if successful, a contribution to New Zealand’s future economic growth.
Applications now closed (March 20)
Applications are made through MBIE's portal. You will need an account to login, if you do not have a account, please refer to your institution's Research Office, they can set one up for you, as well as manage your proposal submission.
Key dates and process
- 2020 CfP released – mid December 2019
- MBIE portal opens for applications – 31 January 2020.
- National webinar CfP open Q&A session – Monday February 17, 2pm and Tuesday February 18, 11am 2020.
- Applications close – 12 noon Friday, 20 March 2020
- Initial screening for eligibility – end March 2020
- Panel assessment of proposals – April to mid-May 2020
- Successful applicants are notified and contract negotiations begin – early June 2020
- Previously funded Seed projects 2016 - 2019
- Find out more about how to consider Vision Mātauranga in your proposal by watching a short video featuring our Manager for Vision Mātauranga and Capacity Development, Dr Willy-John Martin.
- Plus, take a look at the below short video, Ten Tips on making a great Seed Project Fund Application: