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Taranaki project funding opens for 2020

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A further $154K will help more community-led research projects in Taranaki take flight in 2020.

More science and technology projects in Taranaki can get a helping hand, thanks to another round of funding from the region's Participatory Science Platform (PSP).

The Taranaki PSP has a total of $154,000 to invest in innovative projects that encourage communities to investigate questions or problems that are relevant to them and have enduring educational value.

“It’s fantastic to be offering a fifth year of PSP funding in Taranaki," says Victoria Metcalf, National Coordinator for the Participatory Science Platform. "In 2020, we’re looking to further expand the diversity of community science projects we fund.”

All expressions of interest are due before 26 February 2020.

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.

To date more than 1,000 people have been involved in the Taranaki PSP, working with 70 science and technology experts on projects throughout the region – from Ngamatapouri in the South to Opunake in the West, Tongaporutu in the North, and Makahu in the East.

Taranaki hosts one of three region-specific funding programmes within the Participatory Science Platform, with the other two based in Otago and South Auckland. The timing of this funding round does not apply to the other two 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, visit the Venture Taranaki website

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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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