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 projects running in 2018 and 2019.
The South Auckland Participatory Science Platform (PSP) has just fully opened its latest funding round to support new regional projects and boost locals' connections with science and technology.
Either a community group or their science partners can apply for funding and they can request up to $20,000 per project.
All applications are due by either 5pm Mon 26 February or 5pm Mon 28 May (for projects running in 2018), or by 5pm Mon 29 October 2018 (for projects running in early 2019).
The initiative is also known as SouthSci and managed by Sarah Morgan.
"We've seen some of our previous projects go on to do brilliant things in their communities, working with local council and industry partners met during the course of their SouthSci project," Sarah says.
"This year we're excited to see some truly student-driven projects get underway, in new topics and areas of science, technology, engineering or maths!"
SouthSci is one of three region-specific pilot funding initiatives, with the other two based in Otago and Taranaki. 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.