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 Otago Participatory Science Platform is now inviting proposals for 2018 funding.
Up to $155,000 is now available to support new community-driven research projects in Otago for 2018, which aim to boost locals' connection and engagement with science and technology.
Either a community group or their science partners can apply for funding, and can request up to $20,000 per project.
All proposals are due by 12 noon, Thursday 15 March 2018 and the project itself, if funded, should be aim to be completed by June 2019.
Craig Grant, who manages the Otago PSP, says:
"This year we're looking for an even broader range of projects. Environmental projects are still very popular and welcome, but there's also real opportunities in areas such as exploring better community health, like our Sugar in your diet – kino te pai! project, or how we can better use new technologies in our everyday lives, like with our Flip the Fleet team.
"I'm also super keen to learn from more rural towns throughout Otago."
The Otago Participatory Science Platform (PSP) is one of three region-specific funding initiatives, with the other two based in South Auckland and Taranaki respectively. 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.