The Participatory Science Platform supports collaborative projects that bring together communities and scientists or technologists on research investigating a locally-important question or problem.
Funding applications are now open for South Auckland based projects running in 2019.
The Participatory Science Platform in South Auckland has just opened its latest funding round to support local projects that strengthen connections between communities and science and technology.
Community groups or their science/technology partners can apply for up to $20,000 funding per project, from a total of $168,000 for the region for 2019.
Expressions of interest are accepted at any time, with full applications due by 5pm Friday 22 February 2019.
Projects that receive funding must be completed by 30 November 2019.
The funding initiative, also known as SouthSci, is managed by Sarah Morgan.
"Previous projects have gone on to do brilliant things in their communities, particularly as a result of working with local council and industry partners that they met through SouthSci," she says.
"This year I would love to see applications from projects with very young children (pre-school) and projects with young people who have left school but not gone into work, further study or training (NEETs). I’d also love to see projects planning innovative community communication methods – more art in science, please!"
SouthSci is one of three region-specific Participatory Science Platform funding initiatives, with the other two based in Otago and Taranaki. The timing of this funding round does not apply to the other two regions.
The Participatory Science Platform comes under A Nation of Curious Minds – He Whenua Hihiri i te Mahara, the Government’s strategic plan to encourage all New Zealanders to get engaged with science and technology.