The Participatory Science Platform supports collaborative projects that bring together communities and scientists or technologists on research investigating a locally-important question or problem.
The 2018 funding round is now open for community-led research projects local to Taranaki.
More science and technology projects in Taranaki can get off the ground, thanks to Taranaki’s Participatory Science Platform (PSP) being extended for a fourth round.
For 2018, the PSP has a total of $162,000 to invest in innovative projects that encourage communities to embrace science and tech.
The funded projects will allow locals to work alongside scientists and tech experts on questions or problems that are relevant to them and have enduring educational value.
Any school, community group, organisation or individual with an idea that needs scientific research to progress can apply for funding.
Two types of funding are available – seed funding to help ideas progress to project stage (up to $1,000) and project funding of up to $20,000 to test ideas and implement the project.
All proposals are due by 5pm, Thursday 15 March 2018.
“The exciting thing about the Participatory Science Platform is that it exists to support locally relevant research of any kind," says Josh Richardson at Venture Taranaki, who manages the PSP.
"For 2018, we want to see a continued diversity in the types of projects we fund and, through them, establish stronger connections with local business and industry. Projects that have a high level of collaboration have proven to be extremely valuable - and more enjoyable - for all parties involved."
Venture Taranaki manages one of three region-specific pilot funding initiatives, with the other two based in Otago and South Auckland. The timing of this funding round does not apply to the other two PSP regions.
The Participatory Science Platform is an initiative 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.
For more information, email Josh Richardson or call him on 06 759 5158.