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Covid-19 update for SfTI project leaders and research offices

We would like to reassure all Seed and Spearhead Project Leads that SfTI will continue to work with your Research Office to support you through any impacts from COVID-19 on your projects.

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New SfTI Biosecurity Tech project

In the coming months, we plan to release a formal call for Expressions of Capability (EoC) for researchers to register their relevant capability to be part of a SfTI Biosecurity Technology research project with our National Science Challenge partner, New Zealand's Biological Heritage | Ngā Koiora Tuku Iho. 

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Kicking off with Kiwinet’s new Pre-accelerator programme, Rewa

SfTI is proud to be supporting, and participating in Rewa. The teams kick started in April 2020, during New Zealand’s COVID-19 Level 4 Lockdown. With seatbelts fastened, the six teams are ready to take their research to orbital levels.

 

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Clean Water Technology – Improving our waterways for future generations

On March 10, SfTI brought together over 40 workshop participants including researchers, sector representatives and industry stakeholders to focus on how science and technology could provide solutions to improve New Zealand’s water quality. 

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What does the ideal future for Māori data look like?

SfTI has completed a comprehensive report on the second Māori Data Futures Hui held in Te Aurere in March 2019. This hui is part of a series of hui which started in 2018, exploring key questions relating to Māori data and how we protect and use this taonga. Co-hosted by SfTI, the Data Iwi Leaders Group, and Te Hiku Media.

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Let's turn those buoys into real-time mussel sensors

A collaborative research project to improve monitoring of offshore mussel farms has moved to its next phase with sensor-laden smart buoys undergoing testing in the Marlborough Sounds.

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Meet Enrico, SfTI's new Commercialisation and Development Manager

Meet Enrico Tronchin. An experienced innovation agent who has recently joined the SfTI Programme Office team as our Commercialisation and Development Manager.

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Daniel Xu appointed SfTI’s Rangatahi Advisory Group Chair

Accomplished tech entrepreneur and researcher driven by a desire to create technology that will challenge the way we think, work and live.

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Feedback from the 2019 Researcher’s Workshop

At our annual Researcher’s Workshop, we asked our researchers to reflect on their SfTI experience and share what is working, and what we can build on.

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Phase two projects in development and underway

Phase two (2019-2024) of SfTI is kicking off with 21 new Seed projects and eight renewed and refreshed Spearhead projects.

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Rangatahi Mission Lab

SfTI is ensuring tomorrow’s hi-tech world, is being developed alongside tomorrow’s people.

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SfTI Chair, John Bongard has been a made a new Companion of the Royal Society Te Apārangi

In a career spanning almost four decades, John Bongard ONZM has been at the forefront of commercial innovation in New Zealand.

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The 2019 Kiwinet Awards – you’ve always got our vote Bruce!

The Kiwinet Awards celebrate heroes in research commercialisation. SfTI Deputy Director, Professor Bruce MacDonald of University of Auckland was a finalist for the Baldwins Researcher Entrepreneur Award.

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Entrepreneur Kat Lintott joins SfTI Board

An entrepreneur with a passion for empowering people to make the world a better place through action has joined the Board of the Science for Technological Innovation National Science Challenge.

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Celebrating both ancient and new Māori data knowledge

Far in the Northern reaches of Te Ika a Māui lies Aurere, northeast of Kaitaia. From a plateau at the top of a hill there, you can see the horizon all around.

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Exploring the effect of 3D printing on cellulose orientation

A joint project between Scion and SfTI has enabled researchers to create a 4D printed tree that stands up when triggered by water or heat, opening up possibilities such as valves that open and close as water temperature changes or solar cells that unfold in response to light.

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Answers to your questions about the 2019 Seed Call for Proposals

We've added some answers to your questions about our current round of funding for new seed project proposals.

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PM’s Chief Science Advisor says hui with Māori experts ‘Ka rawe!’

The SfTI Challenge was delighted to host a hui this month for the Māori experts who are playing leading and advising roles within each of the 11 National Science Challenges.

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SfTI hosts Clean Water Tech Mini Mission Lab

The Clean Water Tech Mission is one of several new topics being explored by SfTI as a big idea for the next stage of this National Science Challenge.

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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.

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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.

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Engineering wizards push the limits of device design for diabetes patient care

Professor Geoff Chase talks about his work on home and community care for diabetes patients.

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Robots and Health

SfTI Deputy Director Bruce MacDonald and Auckland University's Medical and Health Sciences faculty associate Professor Elizabeth Broadbent featured in a recent NZ Herald article.

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Don’t fear the robots

SfTI Deputy Director Prof Bruce MacDonald and new Adaptive Learning Robots to complement the Human Workforce SfTI Spearhead lead, Lincoln Agritech’s Armin Werner, recently featured on the NZ Herald business pages.

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Maori Data Futures hui, 9 May VUW

How do we ensure appropriate tikanga around digital guardianship, data sovereignty, data security, and respectful use?

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Highlights from the National Science Challenges – new MBIE booklet

Hot off the press: the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment this week launched ‘Highlights from the National Science Challenge Challenges’ booklet outlining achievements reached by the Challenges in 2016/17.

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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.

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Building the foundation

Having made a big step forward to improve their understanding of Te Ao Māori, several Challenge researchers are better equipped to integrate Vision Mātauranga into their work.

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SfTI Director Sally Davenport discussed Where science benefits business and society in the NZ Business and Management Magazine.

Read SfTI Director Sally Davenport’s Dec 2017 NZ Business and Management Magazine article ‘Where science benefits business and society’

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SfTI Challenge researcher numbers near 200

Nearly 200 Science for Technological Innovation (SfTI) National Science Challenge researchers now work on 35 projects at 25 local, and four international, organisations.

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Press release: Greenlight for new Robot and Aquaculture projects

Two new technological projects aimed at selling New Zealand innovation locally and overseas have been funded by the Science for Technological Innovation (SfTI) National Science Challenge Board.

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Revolutionary groundwater mapping another step closer

SfTI researchers are another step closer to developing a revolutionary new way of mapping groundwater flow for use in agriculture and environmental management.

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3D-printed SfTI logo for the Minister for Science and Innovation

At the All of SfTI Researchers’ Workshop held 10-11 July 2017, the Challenge presented the Science and Innovation Minister Paul Goldsmith with a 3D-printed version of the SfTI logo made by Scion. This video allows you to follow the creation of the 3D printed Logo using state of the art biopolymers and printing techniques. See the team, the design, the manufacturing process and the final product.

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79 seed project proposals received

Applications for the 2017 seed project funding round have now closed.

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Expression of interest call for industry-led spearhead projects

Spearhead projects are intended to deliver specific innovative technologies to help the Science for Technological Innovation National Science Challenge (SfTI) to achieve its mission of enhancing New Zealand’s capacity to use physical and engineering sciences for economic growth.

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21 March deadline for seed project proposals

Applications for the 2017 seed project funding round will close at 12 noon on 21 March.

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Brainstorming for NZ's high-tech future

Some of the country’s leading businesspeople and researchers have come together to brainstorm ideas for new technology research projects to help to grow the New Zealand economy.

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Seeding success

If you want funding for an ambitious research project that could help grow New Zealand’s future high-tech economy, come along to one of our seed project roadshows to find out how.

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Professor Margaret Hyland formally farewelled

Former SfTI Director Professor Margaret Hyland was recently formally farewelled by the Challenge.

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Helping Māori enterprise to thrive

We’ve co-hosted two events recently to explore opportunities for Māori enterprise to be best-positioned for a future high-tech economy.

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Taking up the Challenge

Renowned science, innovation and entrepreneurship researcher Sally Davenport has been appointed Challenge Director following the departure of Margaret Hyland.

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Collaboration for success

Our researchers are learning how stakeholder engagement can help deliver our mission of enhancing physical science and engineering capacity for economic growth.

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Seeding success

If you want funding for an ambitious research project that could help grow New Zealand’s future high-tech economy, come along to one of our seed project roadshows to find out how.

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Less pain = productivity gain

Our medical technology research team will soon take an important step towards their goal of creating a next-generation, high-tech systems-solution for insulin-dependent Type 2 diabetes.

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Capacity to grow

Challenge researchers who want to build their innovation capabilities will be pleased to know our capacity development programme is offering a diverse range of opportunities.

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Seeds of disruption

If you have a physical science or engineering research project idea that could contribute to a future high-tech economy we'd like to hear from you.

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A singular vision

Futurists and technology experts explained to Challenge research leaders the disruptive impact exponential technologies could have at the SingularityU Summit in Christchurch.

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Future thought

Some of this country and the world’s most innovative and influential thinkers will help chart the future direction of the Challenge at our first Think Tank in 2017.

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Growing interest in seeds

There was an enthusiastic reception from researchers around the country when the SfTI Challenge Management team hit the road in April 2016 to promote SfTI Challenge seed projects.

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Divining success

A revolutionary new method for groundwater mapping will lead to global opportunities for New Zealand firms

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Rising to the Challenge

Bruce MacDonald has been appointed to the new position of Deputy Director.

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Joining the Challenge

Former Fisher & Paykel Chief Executive John Bongard has been appointed Challenge Board Chair.

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Taking up the Challenge

Hard work, a genuine belief in our mission and strong commitment from all 13 partner organisations have been key to the early success of the Challenge, says Director Margaret Hyland.

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Meeting the Challenge

A spirit of whakawhanaungatanga was alive and well when researchers from across the country joined together for two days of networking, collaboration and inspiration.

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