Celebrating 25 years of support for Kiwi researchers

Published: 26 March 2019

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment is celebrating 25 years of investment in excellent, science through the Marsden Fund, New Zealand’s premier fund for investigator-led research.

Since its establishment in 1994, the Fund has supported several thousand Kiwi researchers, including post-doctorate and post-graduate students to undertake fundamental science research. Since that time, it has grown from an investment of $5 million per year, to $85.6 million per year in 2018.

“The Marsden Fund is a highly competitive and prestigious fund, which supports our very best researchers undertaking the highest quality research in their fields of expertise,” says Dr Prue Williams, General Manager Science System Investment and Performance, MBIE.

“From this support, we have seen new ideas, creative solutions and new information on topics that have never been researched before.

“Over the past 25 years, thousands of recipients have been supported by a Marsden Fund grant to undertake research in the fields of science, engineering and maths, social sciences and the humanities and raise the standard of research in New Zealand.

“Investing in this type of research, science and innovation is fundamental to ensuring that New Zealand can combat the challenges we face, and provide new opportunities for future generations,” says Prue.

The Marsden Fund’s name recognizes physicist Sir Ernest Marsden’s imagination, ambition, and provocative ideas.  Sir Ernest was known as an inspiring lecturer, and an internationally recognized physicist.  He was the first leader of the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR) which was established in 1926 to carry out research for New Zealand.

Marsden Grants are administered by the Royal Society, Te Aparangi. For more information and to read about past recipients of Marsden grants, visit the Royal Society Te Aparangi’s website(external link).