SEED projects

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SfTI also currently funds 28 smaller, higher risk, one to three-year SEED projects which are mentored by a theme leader. We envisage that some of our SEED projects will grow into Spearhead projects over time. SEED project funding is commonly worth about $100k per annum.

2017 SEED projects

Green lights for rat brains, forests, and wombs-with-a-view: we announce and 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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We are wrapping up for 2018! 

Read December's INNOVATE: the Science for Technological Innovation Challenge newsletter

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.