Research Funding Opportunities
The University of Otago has many channels for researchers to explore with regards to applying for, and obtaining both internal and external research grants and scholarships.
Royal Society Te Apārangi - Marsden Fund
The Marsden Fund was established by the government in 1994 to fund excellent fundamental research. It is a contestable fund administered by the Royal Society of New Zealand on behalf of the Marsden Fund Council.
The Marsden Fund invests in excellent, investigator-led research aimed at generating new knowledge, with long-term benefit to New Zealand. It supports excellent research projects that advance and expand the knowledge base and contributes to the development of people with advanced skills in New Zealand. The research is not subject to government’s socio-economic priorities.
Two categories of award are available:
- Fast-Start awards are aimed at emerging researchers (up to seven years after the conferment of their PhD). Funding is set at NZ$100,000 (excluding GST) per year for three years.
- Standard awards are larger grants open to established researchers as well as emerging researchers. Funding is for three years and the amount of funding is capped at between NZ$240,000 - NZ$320,000 (excluding GST) per year (cap varies by discipline).
An updated Request for Proposals is released in November each year and the Marsden Fund visit the University of Otago in the month of November to present a roadshow on the upcoming funding round.
Your Research Advisor will send out all information concerning the Marsden Fund deadlines, seminars, roadshow and Request for Proposals as they are available from the Fund.
The Catalyst Fund is the new name for the International Relationships Fund. The International Relationship Fund previously supported around 50 individual programmes and activities, administered by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), the Health Research Council (HRC), and the Royal Society of New Zealand (RSNZ).
MBIE recently re-shaped the International Relationship Fund into a fund which will consist of four streams that target investment in leadership, influence, seeding and strategic cooperation.
The four new funding streams are:
- Catalyst: Influence(administered by the RSNZ, MBIE, MFAT and HRC)
- Catalyst: Leaders (administered by the RSNZ on MBIE’s behalf)
- Catalyst: Seeding (administered by the RSNZ on MBIE’s behalf)
- Catalyst: Strategic (administered by MBIE)
Funding can be accessed through MBIE, RSNZ and HRC contestable funding processes. The three organisations will publicise calls via their websites. Your Research Advisor will advertise Catalyst Fund opportunities as they are released.
A useful diagram explaining the fund can be found here (pdf).
Please direct all questions regarding the Catalyst Fund to your Research Advisor.
The Endeavour Fund is one of the government’s main mission-led investments. The fund uses competition to drive an increasing focus on excellent, higher risk research and on the potential for impact in areas of future value, growth or critical need for New Zealand.
The Endeavour Fund has two investment mechanisms:
- Smart Ideas is designed to invest in promising, innovative research ideas with the high potential for benefits for New Zealand, to enable refresh and diversity in the science portfolio. Contracts are awarded for two to three years.
- Research Programmes supports ambitious, excellent and well-defined research ideas, which, collectively, have credible and high potential to positively transform New Zealand’s economy, environment, and society. Contracts are awarded for three to five years.
The Endeavour Fund funding year begins in October of each year. Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment staff will visit the University of Otago to deliver a presentation on the 2018 Endeavour Round for the Contestable Research Fund.
What are the National Science Challenges?
The National Science Challenges are designed to find solutions to some of the large, complex issues that matter most to us.
Each challenge draws researchers from different institutions and disciplines together, to work towards solutions which would make a real difference to the lives of New Zealanders.
This is a new, mission-led approach designed to focus the New Zealand government’s investment in science – generating better science, faster to deliver results in areas of national significance.
There are 11 National Science Challenges, each targeting a bold goal in a different area of science. The National Science Challenges are overseen by the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment.
The most recent University of Otago Costing and Consents Worksheet (CCW) can be found here:
The University of Otago Policy for Research Consultation with Māori can be found here:
University of Otago Research Grant (UORG) key documents can be found here:
The National Statement of Science Investment (NSSI) can be found here:
The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment Vision Mātauranga Policy can be found here:
As Research Advisor for the Otago Business School, Gabrielle's role is multifaceted. One of her primary roles is to provide support with the many different components of funding applications. This might include support in drafting the research proposal, proof-reading and copy-editing, constructing the proposal budget, liaising with the funding body and ensuring all the guidelines and internal requirements are met. She can help you get your application to the right people to be signed off and submitted on time.
As funding proposals often take some planning and thinking ahead, Gabrielle can also provide support with planning what funding opportunities might work for you and when to apply. She can discuss where you would like to take your research both in the short-term and over the next few years.
When you receive a research grant, Gabrielle will help with the management of the contract, both at the time of award and throughout the duration of the grant. For example, this might include contractual variations, changes to the grant budget or applying for secondary funding as part of a larger project.
Please feel free to send Gabrielle an email or pop by her office on the second floor.
Kirby-Jane (Kirby) has a PhD in English from the University of Auckland. Prior to joining the Enterprise Team in May 2017, Kirby spent several years working in research development at the University of Auckland Business School where her main duties were to support academics in applying for funding and to foster links with other faculties and wider New Zealand research initiatives.
Committed to encouraging and sustaining researchers to undertake high-quality research of value to New Zealand’s society and economy, Kirby-Jane is responsible for providing advice and assisting researchers in identifying new funding opportunities and developing relationships with companies.
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