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 accepting proposals for funding local science or technology projects in 2019.
Up to $172,000 is available to support new community-driven research projects in Otago for 2019, 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 7 March 2019 and the project itself, if funded, should be aim to be completed by June 2020.
"We're really looking forward to seeing more great projects from even more corners of Otago,” says Craig Grant, who manages the Otago PSP.
“We’ll consider research projects focused on everything and anything. We always get some great environmentally-focused projects and certainly welcome these, but we’ve also funded projects on health issues, transportation and energy. You name it, we’ll consider it!”
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.