Funding & get involvedPūtea me te whai wāhi
Science for Technological Innovation National Science Challenge invests in two types of research projects - Seed and Spearhead projects. On this page you’ll find out how out to apply for Seed project funding or get involved in a large Spearhead project.
Seed project fund
The Seed project fund is intended to bring in new ideas and new researchers to the SfTI community. Our Seed projects are: smaller, high risk, technically complex projects based on ideas developed by researchers themselves.
Funded for up to two years with a maximum of $200,000 per project. Since 2016 SfTI has funded 86 Seed projects, with funding rounds typically held every year. Applications for our last Seed Project Funding round closed on the 18th of June 2021, resulting in 15 projects. The 2021 Seed project fund is the last round of funding available during the National Science Challenges ten year term, 2014-2024.
Get involved in a Seed project
If you would like to express an interest in being part of a current Seed project, you can do so any time by contacting the lead researcher, their names can be found on the Seed project page and contact details can be found on their institution’s website.
Spearheads projects are large Mission-led research projects developed in consultation with Maōri and industry. The projects span more than three years and are funded up to $1m per annum. They are made up of cross-disciplinary, multi-organisational research teams that are formed through a Mission Design process.
Learn more about how we develop our Spearhead projects
Get involved in a current Spearhead project
If you would like to express an interest in being part of a current Spearhead project, you can do so any time by contacting the lead researcher, their names can be found on the Spearhead project page, and contact details can be found on their institution’s website.
Upcoming Calls for Expressions of Capability (EoCs)
We periodically release call for EoCs from researchers to support the development of Spearhead projects. Future EoCs will be published here, and we will notify your institution's research office. You can also keep up-to-date with our latest EoC news by:
- following us on Twitter: @sftichallenge
- signing up to our Innovate quarterly e-newsletter
Recently closed Expressions of Capability
The Biosecurity Technology focus is on employing cutting-edge physical sciences and engineering to create new processes and tools that will better protect NZ from harmful biological elements such as non-indigenous flora, pathogens, insects and mammalian species. This project will be developed with our National Science Challenge partner, New Zealand’s Biological Heritage | Ngā Koiora Tuku Iho. Expressions of Capability (EoCs) from researchers to support the development of this new Spearhead project closed on Monday 10 August 2020.
Read about the Biosecurity Technology EoC
The Veracity Technology focus is on developing technology that enables New Zealand to prove we are delivering on our claims. We are asking the question of how exactly can we prove the truthfulness of the data, the people, and the place. Expressions of Capability (EoCs) from researchers to support the development of this new Spearhead project closed on Monday 17 August 2020
Read about the Veracity Technology EoC
Clean Water Technology
In December 2019, we called for Expressions of Interest (now called Expressions of Capability) from researchers to support the implementation of a new Spearhead project arising from the Clean Water Technology (CWT) Mission Lab. Applications closed on 7 February 2020.