Frequently Asked Questions

Questions and Answers as of 24 March 2015
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Question RE the FTE proportion for each impact statement. Does it mean the % contribution from each member of the project team for that impact statement so that the total is 100% for each statement?

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The FTE proportion is an indication of how much of one person's time will be dedicated to an impact statement.
It does not necessarily add up to 100% for an impact statement (or the entire proposal). Some researchers may give only a fraction of their time to a research project if they have multiple commitments.

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Question – Can I include letters of support from end-users?

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For bids related to 'New Zealand Natural Hazards,'.the portal is not set-up to accept letters of support from end-users The portal application does, however, ask for the names and affiliation of primary end user(s). The applicant may also comment on their end-user support in the Research Overview section.

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Question - Will drought-related topics will be considered under natural hazards?

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The NHRP is not funding the physical modelling of drought (the domain of Deep South National Science Challenge), but will accept proposals that address socio-economic impact consequences of drought.

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Question – Most of my proposed project team are funded through their own organisations. Some of the proposed research team are practitioners, not researchers. They are all key members of the research project. Do I need to add them into the MBIE portal and get CVs from them?

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The applicant should include key members of the research team into the portal application. It helps the assessors determine the merits of the research proposal and the working team behind it.

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Question regarding page limits for the Research Overview section.

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The Research overview section provides a guide to the page limit maximum. It is OK if you need less space for some sections, more space for others, but please take account of the 5 page limit overall.

  • Research Overview (1 page max);
  • Outcome Benefits to New Zealand (1 page max);
    Implementation Pathway (1 page max);
  • RS& T Benefits to New Zealand (1 page max);
  • Ability to deliver RS&T results (outputs) (1 page max).

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Question

The NHRP Maori Research and Innovation Section does not have guidelines included. Please advise

  • The length limit of this document
  • The assessment criteria for this document - does it have to align with the VM policy?
  • How will this section be assessed?

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Here are our guidelines for completing the Maori Research and Innovation section.

  • As with Platform Contest 2012, the section on Maori Research & Innovation is optional depending on whether it is applicable to the proposed work. Where it is applicable, MBIE’s policy on Vision Matauranga will guide our assessment process.
  • There is not a specified page limit for Maori Research & Innovation, however we encourage applicants to keep this section as succinct as possible, whilst clearly demonstrating how the proposed work addresses in a meaningful and substantial way Vision Matauranga.
  • The Platform is making arrangements to bring together a broad, specialist assessment panel that will cover the expected range of proposals. Where necessary, specialist Vision Matauranga assessors will assess relevant proposals.

For more on Vision Matauranga, please visit: http://www.msi.govt.nz/get-connected/unlocking-maori-potential/

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Question - Will it be possible to have a PhD student in the project and somehow stretch the funds to three years? or alternatively support the student's last year from external funds?

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Contest 2015 is a 2 year programme.

We are looking for 2 year proposals with deliverables to be met at the end of 2 years. While we understand that you may need to seek external funds for your student’s third year, we will be unable to give consideration to work or deliverables that fall outside of our 2 year timeframe.

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Question - Is the expected value of the project $100K to $300K “in total” for the whole project to be spread over the 2 years, Example: $50K-150K per annum if evenly spread over 2 years.

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Yes, as you describe.

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Question - Could projects have a duration of 1 year only, for $100K-$300K value?

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Yes if you can provide compelling argument that project can be achieved in that timeframe.

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Last updated 24 March 2015