Seed projects

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SfTI has funded 32 smaller, higher risk, one to three-year Seed projects, and is accepting applications for up to 25 more proposals.

This call for applications closes on 21 March 2019.

The successful projects will be funded from 1 July 2019 for a maximum of two years, to a maximum of $200,000 each.

Submitting your 2019 proposal

The Seed Projects: 2019 Call for Proposals (PDF 402 KB) details the minimum requirements for Seed proposals and explains how proposals will be assessed. It also covers the funding arrangements, eligibility requirements, key dates and how to apply.

All applications must be submitted through the Investment Management System portal hosted by Callaghan Innovation. If you don't yet have access to the portal, you can apply to your organisation's research office for a user name and password.

Professor Don Cleland, who leads our Materials, Manufacturing Technology & Design theme and is mentor to several of our current Seed projects, has recorded a slide presentation discussing the 2019 Call for Proposals. Link to it here.

Read our answers to questions about the Call for Proposals.

Meet the assessment panel

Applicants must review the assessment panel and register any conflicts of interest.

Review the assessment panel

In this webinar, Professor Don Cleland answers your questions about the Seed 2019 application and selection process.

Open the presentation (PDF 1.3 MB)

Watch Don's recorded slide show about the 2019 Call for Proposals.

Read our answers to questions raised by participants at this presentation.

2017 Seed projects

Green lights for rat brains, forests, and wombs-with-a-view: we announce an increased number of Seed fund winners.

In 2017 SfTI increased its funding of high-risk, high-reward projects to 18, emphasising the work of new and emerging researchers from across New Zealand.

2017 Seed outlines and leaders (PDF 209 KB)

2017 Seed funding questions and answers (PDF 325 KB)

2016 Seed projects

In 2016 SfTI funded 10 Seed projects investigating everything from the science behind supercharging the capacity of lithium batteries by up to ten times, to bio-printing live plant cells with the aim of creating a new, sustainable industry for synthetic wood manufacture.

2016 Seed project summaries (PDF 186 KB)

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