If you’ve got a great idea that could make a difference to our region or community, then we can help with the science and technology to make it happen.

Curious Minds is about getting the community engaged in projects that bring people together, offer valuable learning opportunities and are scientifically meaningful. Funding is available to support Taranaki community groups, schools, and businesses to work with science professionals to share and explore ideas, learn more about science and undertake research that is valuable to the local community.

Curious Minds is being delivered by Venture Taranaki. We can help with:

  • Advice on how to develop your idea into an eligible project
  • Scientific expertise to shape your idea into a research project
  • Up to $20,000 could be available for each project – seed funding is available to help you develop your idea and access relevant expertise
  • Support implementing and evaluating your project

How Curious Minds works

You contact us to talk about your idea and complete an initial idea application form

  1. We’ll discuss the idea with you and identify whether it may be eligible for funding

  2. We put you in touch with a science professional and help you shape your idea into a proposed science research project

  3. You submit your proposed research project to us to consider for funding

  4. We support you to implement and evaluate your project.

We want to hear your ideas for possible projects! 

This is a pilot, so we are focused on being flexible and working in partnership with potential applicants to help explore and shape ideas.

Start your scientific journey today, email us or phone (06) 759 5158.