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PSP - Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions about A Nation of Curious Minds in Taranaki.

What is Curious Minds?

Curious Minds is the name of the Taranaki regional pilot of the Participatory Science Platform (PSP).

The PSP is being piloted in three areas – Taranaki, South Auckland and Otago. It has been developed under the Government’s strategic plan for Science in Society, A Nation of Curious Minds – He Whenua Hihiri I te Mahara. The plan aims to encourage and enable New Zealanders to engage in science and technology.

Participatory Science is a way of undertaking science research where the community are meaningfully involved in locally relevant research projects in collaboration with science professionals and educators.

The objectives of the Curious Minds PSP pilot are to:

  • Engage community organisations, students, kura, schools, businesses, Maori collectives with science professionals to carry out collaborative research projects that have scientific value, create meaningful learning opportunities and resonate with the community
  • Offer researchers opportunities to become involved in locally relevant lines of enquiry, where high-quality scientific outputs can be created through harnessing the local knowledge and contribution of citizens
  • Offer inspiring and relevant learning and development opportunities for science and technology teachers and students
  • Engage learners and participants beyond the school/kura community to reach parents, whanau and wider communities.

Who is eligible for funding?

Funding is available for community groups, schools, kura, businesses and Maori collectives based in Taranaki to work collaboratively with science professionals. We can help you to source the right scientific expertise.

Curious Minds has a strong focus on engaging young people in science, and engagement and learning will be an important part of any potential project.

What sort of projects are you looking for?

We are looking for projects that involve the community, are locally relevant, provide inspiring learning opportunities and are scientifically meaningful. We want the community to collaborate with science professionals to share expertise and ideas and undertake projects that have the potential to make a difference.

What sort of funding is available?

Up to $20,000 funding per project is available for the implementation of science research projects including data collection and analysis, development of insights and the sharing of knowledge and outcomes.

Funding provides support for tools, materials and expert costs not otherwise available to the project partners.

How do I get involved?

If you have an idea for a project contact Josh Richardson at Venture Taranaki now – phone 06 759 5158 or email josh@venture.org.nz

You will need to complete a Curious Minds Idea form that briefly outlines your idea.

We will discuss your idea with you to see whether it may be eligible for funding – if so we will help you with the application and can help match you with the right scientific or community expertise if needed.

The final date for receiving full project applications for Round 3 is 31 March 2017. Please contact us as early as possible so that we can work with you in the development of your application.

Full project funding applications will be considered by the Curious Minds Assessment Panel and applicants will be invited to speak with the Assessment Panel about their idea or project.



Related Links
Download the Idea Application Form
Read more about Curious Minds
Read Curious Minds examples
Curious Minds national website
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