What funding is available?




What can the funding be used for?

PSP Project Funding can be used to part-fund science professionals and community groups/ schools/ businesses/ Māori collectives and organisations to plan together and progress the research project including the research question(s), data collection methods, engagement plan, data analysis plan and knowledge translation strategy for the project (for example travel, meetings, and liaison costs).

In addition, eligible costs also include research tools or consumables related to taking a project forward that would not otherwise be accessible to community partners.

PSP Project Funding can be used to enhance an existing or ongoing research project (which has local relevance and support) with a community collaboration element.


Who can apply?

Either the community or science sector based partner in the research project collaboration may apply for funding so long as the eligibility criteria are met.  Any type of community group is able to apply - these may include students, schools, kura, community-based organisations, businesses or Maori organisations and collectives. Download the Expression of Interest form here.


What are we looking for?

The Curious Minds PSP funds collaborative research projects that offer community groups the opportunity to actively take part and lead the direction of science and technology investigations. Applications are judged on their alignment to the core assessment criteria which are evenly weighted:

  • Community relevance and participation — i.e., will involve community members, be locally relevant and at least in part be driven by community-based champions.
  • Scientific partnership and value — i.e., tackling a substantive scientific question in active partnership with a scientist(s); an
  • Pedagogical rigour — i.e., offering enduring educational value and two-way learning for those involved.