SEED projects

Papa Kākano

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)


Latest news and updates

Giant Leaps

Iranian-born researcher Amir HajiRassouliha is part of an Auckland Bioengineering Institute team within Auckland University working on a 2016 SfTI SEED project titled A giant leap for small displacements.

Meet the researchers: Jerome Leveneur, John Vedamuthu Kennedy, & George Chisholm

Based at GNS Science at Lower Hutt, Ion Beam Material Scientist Dr Jerome Leveneur, works in a team that includes John Vedamuthu Kennedy and George Chisholm.


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.