Seed projects

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SfTI has funded 32 smaller, higher risk, one to three-year Seed projects, and in 2019 is looking to fund up to 25 more proposals for up to $200,000 each.

Applications closed on 21 March 2019, and over 120 were received. The assessment panel will now carefully review each one and reconvene on May 17 to make its recommendations. Applicants can expect to hear from us toward the end of May.

Meet the assessment panel

Applicants must check who's on the assessment panel and register any conflicts of interest.

Review the assessment panel

About the 2019 Call for Proposals

The Seed Projects: 2019 Call for Proposals (PDF 402 KB) details the minimum requirements for Seed proposals and explains how proposals will be assessed. 

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.

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)

Latest news and updates

Meet the researchers: Harvey Ho - Womb with a view

Making technology that works for its intended community can be challenging.

SfTI Seed researcher Dr Harvey Ho hopes an online 3D computer model of a baby inside the womb can help encourage expectant mums to stop smoking.

Meet the researchers: Phil Novis - Superfood in a tube

The anti-inflammatory properties of fish oil have made it a global $450 million-dollar industry driven by high amounts of omega-3s, but the herrings, sardines, mackerel, salmon and tuna don’t make the omega-3s themselves.

They eat them – mostly in the form of algae and plankton.

INNOVATE - March 2019

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