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Contest 2015 - More information

What is the significance of this funding round?

The Platform is funded to 2019 and a portion of its annual funding is allocated to contestable research proposals within the scope of the Platform. It funds new projects and researchers on the basis of merit. The projects will augment existing Platform research and will strengthen or lead into new areas of research of national significance.

Why were these projects chosen?

The 13 successful proposals demonstrated exceptional science quality and high utility to end-users. Sixty-six research proposals were submitted requesting a total value of $17.5 million. Most submissions represented research of significant merit, but available funding meant that only the top 13 could be selected. Decisions were based on known criteria and the process was transparent, involving expert review and with every applicant having the same information and opportunities.

How do the 13 projects relate to other new research initiatives?

The new research will complement efforts in the developing Resilience to Nature’s Challenges National Science Challenge and QuakeCoRE, the newly funded Centre of Research Excellence (CoRE) in earthquake resilience.

Which research institutions will receive funding from the research grants?

Nine New Zealand organisations will receive funding via the research grants. They include two CRI’s (GNS Science and NIWA), five universities (Auckland, Massey, Victoria, Canterbury and Otago), and two independent research organisations (Market Economics and Resilient Organisations). Two overseas collaborations (Kyoto University and University of Nevada) will also play a significant role in the research to be undertaken, but will not receive funding for salary.

When will the funding start?

Funding will be available for 2 years from 1 July 2015

What are the options for those who were unsuccessful?

There are a range of alternate funding mechanisms such as the Royal Society Marsden Fund, EQC and MBIE contestable, where researchers may submit their proposals as calls are made. Many stakeholders also have research funds available for applied research.

 Will there be a report from each successful project when it is completed in two years time?

Yes, completion reports will be made public via the Natural Hazards Research Platform website and research results will be disseminated via presentations to stakeholder groups and at technical conferences.

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Last updated 16 June 2015