NZ$249m for new research projects

Friday 28 Sep 2018

The New Zealand Government is investing NZ$249m in ambitious research projects that will improve the lives of New Zealanders and address some of the challenges we face as a country, says Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan Woods.

The 69 new research projects were awarded funding through the 2018 round of the Endeavour Fund. This is New Zealand’s largest and most prestigious research and science contestable fund.

“The Endeavour Fund invests in excellent research that makes a vital contribution to New Zealand’s future economic performance, the sustainability and integrity of our environment, and the strength of our society.

Amongst the successful proposals receiving funding were: -

- Beyond myrtle rust: Next-generation tools to ‘engineer’ forest ecosystem resilience to plant pathogens (Landcare, $13,000,000 over 5 years)

- Advancing New Zealand’s carbon inventory: forest, grassland, and urban environments and ecoservices (NIWA, NZ$11,455,000 over 5 years)

Proposals are assessed and approved for funding by the Science Board, an independent board responsible for making decisions to allocate funding appropriated for research, science, technology and related activities,” says Woods.

The full list of successful projects is available here.

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