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Taranaki project funding opens for 2019

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A further $140K will help more community-led research projects in Taranaki take flight for 2019.

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

The Taranaki PSP has a total of $140,000 to invest in innovative projects that encourage communities to investigate questions or problems that are relevant to them and have enduring educational value.

"In 2019 we want to see a continued growth in the number of projects that use and develop technology to supplement and enhance the scientific work our communities do," says Josh Richardson at Venture Taranaki, who manages the PSP. 

"Taranaki is a region of innovators and we want to support groups who are passionate about finding new solutions for local issues that can resonate right across New Zealand."

All expressions of interest are due by 5pm, Wednesday 12 September 2018.

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.

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 (external link)

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Participatory Science Platform

The 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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