A new Data Science Call for Proposals will be released in coming weeks

Published: 12 March 2019

In late 2018 we issued a Call for Proposals for a Data Science Research Platform. After careful consideration we did not continue with this investment approach, but remain committed to an investment in data science. In response, a new Call for Proposals for New Zealand Data Science Research Programmes will be issued in April.

The Government Goals will stay the same

The Government’s intention for this investment has not changed - to lift capability in data science while addressing big challenges for the environment, society or the economy.

The total funding will stay the same

Funding is $49 million over 7 years. Funding will be allocated through the Strategic Science Investment Fund (SSIF).

The structure of the investment has changed

We wish to invest in a portfolio of up to four strategic research programmes rather than investing in a single Data Science Research Platform. Given the speed at which data science advances, we believe the goals will be better achieved by investing in connected, sharply focussed multi-disciplinary research teams. Each programme will be contracted separately with funding between $1 to $3 million per year for up to 7 years.

The programmes will be inspired by real world domains/use cases

Each programme will consist of a team of deeply aligned multi-disciplined partners inspired by a real world domain/use case. The teams will be encouraged to collaborate with each other as appropriate.

Singapore Data Science Research bilateral programme

Under the Enhanced Partnership with Singapore a bilateral data science research programme will be negotiated and is not part of the new Call. Further information on this process will be released in due course.

How success will be measured

Success will be measured through excellent transformative research, new instances where advanced data science is addressing real world issues which benefit New Zealand, and a bigger more capable community of data scientists and data science researchers.

Read more about the information on the new call.

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Last updated: 13 March 2019