13 September 2023 | Read time: 9 minutes
SfTI bids a fond farewell to Enrico, our Commercialisation Development Manager. We take this opportunity to recognise his hard work, but also to highlight the importance of his role for researchers. The Innovation system is complex, and if you’re a researcher investigating novel science, your chances of having real-world impact are hugely improved with the guidance and support of someone like Enrico who can help you broker a commercial pathway. Following his departure, Enrico’s role will be continued with the support of KiwiNet.
2 August 2023 | Read time: 4 minutes
18 July 2023 | Read time: 7 minutes
SfTI-sponsored researcher collaborates with telecoms giants
13 July 2023 | Read time: 7 minutes
As part of SfTI’s ‘bolt-on’ projects, early career researchers from Ātea are building a mobile phone-compatible Mixed Reality (MR) based tātai arorangi (Māori astronomy) experience with immersive content about Matariki.
28 February 2023 | Read time: 4 minutes
SfTI’s Biosecurity Spearhead project is developing a swarm of smart networked sensors, with robotic assistants, that use artificial intelligence to detect the last predators in New Zealand. The team are working on the technology to make this possible and have recently received a boost towards their ultimate goal with the Bioheritage National Science Challenge co-funding the project with a further $300,000. This collaboration is aimed specifically at developing the models of animal behaviour that will underpin the artificial intelligence.
12 December 2022 | Read time: 4 minutes
The SfTI board has announced the successful projects for its latest round of funding. During 2022 our Spearhead projects were invited to propose research projects that have germinated out of their work of the past few years. A feature of these projects is that they include strong collaboration with industry and sector partners, and where possible further SfTI’s commitment to vision mātauranga.
9 December 2022 | Read time: 5 minutes
If you read the news you would be forgiven for thinking that innovation is the realm of driven and ruthless individuals or tech superstars. But this is far from the reality of successful science innovation in Aotearoa, as uncovered in a report from the unique longitudinal study from The Science for Technological Innovation National Science Challenge (SfTI).
7 October 2022 | Read time: 1 minute
Our Spearhead project Ātea, which is using virtual technology to connect Māori to culture and whenua made the news recently.
5 October 2022 | Read time: 6 minutes
Getting the attention of mainstream media is hard at the best of times, but even more so when it’s research about research. We achieved this in 2021/22.
28 September 2022 | Read time: 8 minutes
A hybrid electric-powered, half-tonne, four-wheel drive, self-navigating robot capable of hauling 250 kgs through gullies, mud and timber slash has been demonstrated to the forestry industry by the SfTI Spearhead project team – Adaptive learning robots to complement the human workforce.
19 September 2022 | Read time: 6 minutes
Science can be a lonely place for scarce Māori researchers who face constant demands for their time and input, and can feel uncomfortable working within the Western research paradigm.
16 September 2022 | Read time: 6 minutes
The Science for Technological Innovation National Science Challenge (SfTI) has joined forces with the Crown’s Predator Free 2050 to tackle the ambitious goal of ridding Aotearoa of predators by 2050.
Predator Free will fund $1.2 million towards the SfTI Biosecurity Technology Spearhead Project - Detecting the last Predator, which is developing smart-networked sensors that use artificial intelligence to detect the last rats, stoats and possums in New Zealand’s vast backcountry.
25 July 2022 | Read time: 4 minutes
The report titled 'Accelerating Science Innovation Through Human and Relational Skills Development' assesses our professional development offerings for researchers.
22 June 2022 | Read time: 5 minutes
This weekend we join the nation in celebration of Aotearoa / New Zealand’s first Matariki holiday.
One of the team who advised government on when the holiday should fall for the next 30 years was our own Senior Leadership Team member, astrophysicist, Māori astronomy expert and mum, Dr Pauline Harris.
29 March 2022 | Read time: 4 minutes
The Science for technological Innovation, Kia Kotahi Mai - Te Ao Pūtaiao me Te Ao Hangarau, National Science Challenge (SfTI), are excited to announce the appointment of Te Taka Keegan as Co-Chair to the Board.
28 March 2022 | Read time: 3 minutes
The Science for Technological Innovation National Science Challenge (SfTI) is pleased to announce that we will be joining forces with Predator Free 2050 (PF2050 Ltd) to help tackle the ambitious goal of ridding Aotearoa of predators by 2050.
25 February 2022 | Read time: 4 minutes
Are you making the most of patent literature? If you're doing cutting-edge research and are not searching for patents to investigate the work taking place outside of academic journals in your area, then you're risking missing a wealth of critical information.
17 November 2021 | Read time: 7 minutes
We sit down with Heni Unwin, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairoa, Rongomaiwahine, Ngāi Tūhoe, Te Atihaunui-a-Papaarangi, and talk about what makes her tick and her advice for rangatahi looking at science as a career pathway.
10 November 2021 | Read time: 6 minutes
How does cutting edge research become a new product or service that can benefit New Zealand and the planet?
27 October 2021 | Read time: 3 minutes
Dr Wood believes that adversity is the catalyst to growth. In these challenging, far-from-normal times, work, life and research demands are putting pressures on us in ways we have not experienced previously.
1 October 2021 | Read time: 7 minutes
A critical part of eradicating pests and predators is finding the last few before numbers increase again. In Aotearoa this currently involves skilled trappers flown in by helicopter to traverse huge rugged landscapes. This is resource heavy and difficult, but critical to a predator free New Zealand.
23 September 2021 | Read time: 5 minutes
SfTI’s 2021 Kaupapa Kākano Seed funding call closed on 18 June, 2021 with 121 proposals received. The assessment panel carefully assessed each application and this resulted in the SfTI Board approving funding for 15 new physical sciences and engineering Seed projects.
30 July 2021 | Read time: 5 minutes
Imagine clothes that could change to suit your mood, or a piece of furniture which changes to fit the environment? Or maybe a wheelchair which adapts to reduce pain.
21 July 2021 | Read time: 2 minutes
Callaghan Innovation, the Science for Technological Innovation (SfTI) National Science Challenge, New Zealand Growth Capital Partners, Auckland Unlimited and UniServices have established the NZ CleanTech Mission partnership to convert local CleanTech into thriving and profitable businesses.
13 July 2021 | Read time: 4 minutes
Dr Pauline Harris (Rongomaiwahine, Ngāti Rakaipaka and Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairoa) speaks with us about Matariki, the Matariki Advisory Group to the government, and her fascination with Māori astronomy.
1 July 2021 | Read time: 3 minutes
This week the Science for Technological Innovation National Science Challenge is launching a two year, $2 million Spearhead Research project looking for data and computer science solutions to an ancient question: How can you verify something is what it appears to be?
31 May 2021 | Read time: 2 minutes
Linda Cooper has been appointed as Chair to the Science for Technological Innovation (SfTI) Board to replace retiring inaugural Chair, John Bongard.
24 February 2021 | Read time: 5 minutes
A career in scientific research is associated with long hours and periods of intensity. Dr Maedeh Amirpour, an advanced materials modelling and multi-physics simulation scientist based at the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Auckland, and member of the SfTI research community, feels it is important to find joy in your life outside work to be successful in your science. She feels her opportunities with SfTI have not only furthered her research career, but helped her find ways to work towards balance.
12 January 2021 | Read time: 3 minutes
SfTI welcomes recent NZ Hi-Tech finalist and tech startup founder, Jeremy Banks (Ngāti Rārua, Rangitāne and Ngāti Kuia), to our Kāhui Māori.
16 November 2020 | Read time: 7 minutes
A team of multi-disciplinary researchers, in partnership with Māori, iwi, councils and industry are developing new technology for treating wastewater, with a mission to improve freshwater quality and restore the health of our awa (rivers) and streams.
12 November 2020 | Read time: 8 minutes
Applications for our last round of Seed Project Funding closed 12 noon Friday the 18th of June 2021. Each successful application will receive up to $200,000 for up to two years, with about 15 new Seed projects from 1 October 2021.
21 August 2020 | Read time: 6 minutes
The bloodless blood test: When science meets the market.
A team of young postdoc and PhD students based at the University of Canterbury (UoC), sit huddled nervously around a laptop in a video conference with people who could open doors and make all their hard work into something game changing for Aotearoa New Zealand, and the world.
12 August 2020 | Read time: 2 minutes
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.
14 July 2020 | Read time: 4 minutes
The Biosecurity Technology mission is one of several new topics being explored by SfTI for Phase two (2019-2024), in partnership with National New Zealand’s Biological Heritage | Ngā Koiora Tuku Iho National Science Challenge.
14 July 2020 | Read time: 5 minutes
The Veracity Technology mission is one of several new topics being explored by SfTI for Phase two (2019-2024). We are calling for Expressions of Capability (EoCs) from researchers to support the implementation of this new Mission. Applications closed on Monday 17 August 2020.
23 June 2020 | Read time: 3 minutes
Lessons from Māori voices in the New Zealand Science Sector.
22 June 2020 | Read time: 21 minutes
The 2020 Seed Projects funding call closed on 20 March, 2020 with 108 proposals received. The assessment panel carefully assessed each application which resulted in 15 successful projects. Read on for full list of the 2020 Seed projects and learn more about the exciting breakthroughs and discoveries ahead.
7 May 2020 | Read time: 2 minutes
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.
29 April 2020 | Read time: 5 minutes
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.
6 April 2020 | Read time: 4 minutes
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.
20 February 2020 | Read time: 3 minutes
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.
6 December 2019 | Read time: 5 minutes
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.
27 November 2019 | Read time: 1 minute
20 November 2019 | Read time: 1 minute
Meet Enrico Tronchin. An experienced innovation agent who has recently joined the SfTI Programme Office team as our Commercialisation and Development Manager.
26 August 2019 | Read time: 2 minutes
Accomplished tech entrepreneur and researcher driven by a desire to create technology that will challenge the way we think, work and live.
26 August 2019 | Read time: 3 minutes
In a career spanning almost four decades, John Bongard ONZM has been at the forefront of commercial innovation in New Zealand.
26 August 2019 | Read time: 2 minutes
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.
10 April 2019 | Read time: 6 minutes
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.
5 March 2019 | Read time: 3 minutes
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.
3 March 2019 | Read time: 1 minute
28 February 2019 | Read time: 1 minute
We've added some answers to your questions about our current round of funding for new seed project proposals.
20 February 2019 | Read time: 3 minutes
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.
21 November 2018 | Read time: 3 minutes
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.
27 September 2018 | Read time: 1 minute
SfTI Roadshows were held around the country during October. These
were a chance to find out more on the SfTI approach to Tranche 2.
28 August 2018 | Read time: 1 minute
Professor Geoff Chase talks about his work on home and community care for diabetes patients.
23 May 2018 | Read time: 1 minute
Watch Bruce MacDonald's lecture on YouTube.
23 May 2018 | Read time: 1 minute
July 2017 SCIBLOG from SfTI Director, Sally Davenport MNZM.
21 March 2018 | Read time: 1 minute
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.
Call for Expressions of Interest (EOI) for new SfTI Personalised Value Chain (PVC) spearhead research project
12 March 2018 | Read time: 1 minute
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.
SfTI Director Sally Davenport discussed Where science benefits business and society in the NZ Business and Management Magazine.
31 December 2017 | Read time: 1 minute
Read SfTI Director Sally Davenport’s Dec 2017 NZ Business and Management Magazine article ‘Where science benefits business and society’
23 October 2017 | Read time: 3 minutes
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.
20 September 2017 | Read time: 2 minutes
SfTI researchers are another step closer to developing a revolutionary new way of mapping groundwater flow for use in agriculture and environmental management.
11 July 2017 | Read time: 1 minute
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.
26 March 2017 | Read time: 2 minutes
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.