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Nov 2020



Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa
from SfTI Director, Sally Davenport
This year has given us an opportunity to reflect how best to innovate in a new global context. Not only considering the right tech, but the right way to work together. We have some incredible research talent here in Aotearoa, and we are so proud to provide support that can help transform this talent into building a more prosperous future.

We’re excited to announce our 2021 Kaupapa kākano Seed project fund is now open for proposals. Proposal submissions close on Friday the 18th of June 2021. Each successful application will receive up to $200,000 for up to two years. See further information in this issue below. 

This year we are prioritising applications that create cutting-edge technology using mātauranga Māori and with strong Māori leadership and also from Early Career Researchers (ECRs) exploring complex and risky ideas across our technical research themes. All Early Career Researchers are eligible even if they have been previously funded by or are currently funded by us. We will also look to support those researchers most impacted by Covid-19, whilst encouraging more applications from women, Māori and Pacific researchers.

We realise that developing a proposal takes time and effort. As a new initiative in 2021, we have established a fund of $100,000 to support researchers preparing Seed project proposals. Each Proposal Development Grant (PDG) will be for up to $3,000 and will be awarded to those who most need support. Applications for Proposal Development Grants close at 5pm on Friday 26 February 2021.

You can find out more about the grants and the whole Seed Project Fund Process below and at the first of our two webinars: On Friday 27 November, 10 am - 11am.

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Ngā mihi, Sally

2021 Kaupapa kākano Seed project fund

Now calling for proposals

Find out more about eligibility, criteria and the application process. Watch our Seed project fund video and read the full Call for Proposals document on our website.
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Apply for our Proposal Development Grants (PDGs)

Need help to develop a Seed project proposal? Up to $3000 will be allocated to those who need the most support and ECR applicants most impacted by Covid-19. You can apply by completing our online form.
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Join one of our webinars for applicants

We will host two webinars for those who would like to find out more. Note, if you'd like to find out about the development grants you need to attend the first webinar.

Webinar 1: Friday 27 Nov 2020 10-11am
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Webinar 2: Friday 5 Feb 2021 2-3pm
Meeting link:
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Meet previous Seed Project Fund researchers. 

The 2021 Kaupapa kākano Seed project fund is our fourth round of Seed Project Funding.
You can find out more about previous projects on our website. 

Meet Seed researcher Balam Jimenez and his real time toxin monitoring tool – with the potential to save lives and billions for the global aquaculture industry. 
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