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Catalyst Fund

The Catalyst Fund advances global science partnerships for New Zealand.

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Centres of Research Excellence (CoREs)

The Centres of Research Excellence (CoREs) Fund encourages the development of excellent tertiary-education based research that is collaborative, strategically focussed and creates significant knowledge transfer activities.

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Creative NZ

List of funding opportunities from Creative NZ, extending to Māori and Pasifika community projects.

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Health Research Council of New Zealand

The HRC supports research that has the potential to improve health outcomes and delivery of healthcare, and to produce economic gains for New Zealand.

The majority of funds are allocated through an annual funding round to independent research projects that are researcher initiated. Requests for Proposals are also issued when we wish to support research in a particular area. A range of awards are available to support the career development of emerging health researchers, and Māori and Pacific researchers.

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James Cook Research Fellowship

The James Cook Research Fellowship supports experienced researchers to pursue their research full-time

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Manatū Taonga, the Ministry for Culture and Heritage New Zealand Oral History Awards

The New Zealand Oral History Awards (NZOH) provide financial help for the recording of interviews relating to the history of New Zealand/Aotearoa and its close connections with the Pacific.

Projects submitted for consideration should contribute significantly to our understanding of New Zealand’s past and its people.

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Marsden Fund

The Marsden Fund supports excellence in science, engineering, maths, social sciences and the humanities in New Zealand by providing grants for investigator-initiated research

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New Zealand Foreign Affairs and Trade Contestable Funding

MFAT administers several contestable funds as part of the New Zealand Aid Programme.

These funds are available to organisations that have their own proposals for development and humanitarian response activities. Eligibility depends on the type of fund, and all applications for funding go through a full appraisal and selection process. Visit MFAT’s website for more information on which funding streams you may be eligible for.

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Raewyn Good Study Award for Māori and Pasifika Social Science Research

Study award of $6,000 for Māori and Pasifika postgraduate student undertaking a Master’s which involves social sciences research.

The study award, tenable at any New Zealand university/wānanga for one year is available to students, who at the time of application, are engaged/enrolled in or applying for a Master’s degree which involves undertaking social sciences research.

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Rutherford Discovery Fellowships

The Rutherford Discovery Fellowships support New Zealand’s most talented early- to mid-career researchers for a five year term.

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Scholarships for Development: Directory of International University Scholarships

Scholarships around the world for students from undergrad to postgrad in all fields.

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Science Teaching Leadership Programme

The Science Teaching Leadership Programme aims to make a real difference to students’ science learning by enhancing the teaching of science within school communities.

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Skinner Fund

Funding of $1,000 per application encouraging research in the study of the history, art, culture, physical and social anthropology of the Māori and other Polynesian peoples

The Skinner Fund was established to promote the study of the history, art, culture, physical and social anthropology of the Māori and other Polynesian peoples, particularly through the recording, survey, excavation and scientific study of prehistoric and historic sites in New Zealand and the islands of the South-west Pacific. This includes the detailed analysis of all cultural, artistic, or physical remains which have been recovered as the result of such investigations.

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Te Pūnaha Hihiko Vision Mātauranga Capability Fund

The 2018 investment round for Te Pūnaha Hihiko: Vision Mātauranga Capability Fund is now completed. Please see ‘success stories’ for details of successful projects. Details of the 2019 round will be issued later in the year.

Te Pūnaha Hihiko: Vision Mātauranga Capability Fund aims to:

strengthen capability, capacity, skills and networks between Māori and the science and innovation system, and
increase understanding of how research can contribute to the aspirations of Māori organisations and deliver benefit for New Zealand.

The Fund invests in the development of skilled people and organisations that plan to undertake, or are undertaking, research that supports the themes and outcomes of MBIE’s Vision Mātauranga policy. The Vision Mātauranga policy aims to unlock the science and innovation potential of Māori knowledge, resources and people to assist New Zealanders to create a better future.

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The Sir Hugh Kawharu Masters Scholarship for Innovation in Science

The Sir Hugh Kawharu Scholarship for Innovation in Science supports and encourages masters level study by Māori in the sciences.

The Sir Hugh Kawharu Scholarship for Innovation in Science, administered by the Royal Society Te Aparangi, is a $10,000 scholarship for study at masters level in the sciences. The Scholarship is applicable across a broad range of science disciplines including the physical, mathematical and computational, earth, environment, marine, social, health, biological, biomedical, human, and behavioural sciences

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