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More money for Taranaki projects


Funding applications are now open for Taranaki-based participatory science projects.

Taranaki’s pilot programme to encourage communities to embrace science and technology has been extended for a third round, meaning more local science and tech projects can get off the ground.

The projects allow local communities to work alongside scientists and tech experts on projects that are relevant to them and have enduring educational value.

“It’s fantastic that Taranaki’s pilot project has been extended for a third round and that more great ideas will be able to be progressed,” says Josh Richardson at Venture Taranaki, who manages the PSP.

“We want to hear ideas about anything that could make Taranaki more interesting, better, cleaner, more sustainable, smarter, or protect and grow the environment and its inhabitants.”

Past projects have ranged from finding kiwi to extending the bat population, monitoring marine life to comparing electric and petrol-powered cars, and testing stone and metal carving tools.

“Any school, community group, organisation or individual with an idea that needs scientific research to progress can apply to make it happen,” Josh says.

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, Friday 31 March.

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.

Find out how to apply for Taranaki PSP funding

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Participatory Science Platform

Supports collaborative projects that bring together communities and scientists or technologists on research investigating a locally-important question or problem.

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