2021 Endeavour Fund successful projects

Published: 07 September 2021

The Government has announced that it has invested over $240 million in leading edge research that will help to improve New Zealander’s lives through the Endeavour Fund process.

The Endeavour Fund uses an open, contestable process to select excellent research proposals that will provide the highest potential impacts across a range of economic, environmental and societal objectives. This year, 69 projects were awarded funding through the fund which is New Zealand’s largest contestable research fund.

The Endeavour Fund invests in excellent research that has high potential to positively transform New Zealand’s future economic performance, sustainability and integrity of our environment, help strengthen our society, and give effect to Vision Mātauranga.

Through the fund, important research is being supported to tackle the big issues that New Zealanders care about. It funds research that will improve living standards, wellbeing, areas of future value and growth, and critical needs of New Zealand. This is done by backing research that is aimed at areas such as climate change, transport infrastructure, and environmental sustainability research.

This year over $13 million has been invested to help New Zealand to transition into a low-carbon future, through the development of technology that will lift constraints on current systems. Projects such as the University of Auckland led ‘Wirelessly Powered Transport Infrastructure for a Low-carbon Future’ will develop the necessary technology to wirelessly power the full range of vehicles, and will create economic opportunities for NZ firms to commercialise the technology.

Over $11 million is being invested in research to address risks related to climate change, including the Scion led ‘Extreme wildfire: Our new reality – are we ready?’ which will develop existing understanding of the transitions between predictable and unpredictable wildfires in New Zealand.

The Endeavour Fund invests in excellent research that has high potential to positively transform New Zealand’s future economic performance, sustainability and integrity of our environment, help strengthen our society, and give effect to Vision Mātauranga.

It’s important that a te ao Māori worldview is integrated into our research. Manaaki Whenua (Landcare Research)’s ‘Te Weu o te Kaitiaki – Indigenous regeneration pathways’ project is a leading project that uses a te ao Māori worldview and whakapapa frameworks alongside the integration of value and ecological networks to re-imagine biocultural solutions which restore ecological systems, reinforce identity, reconnect people to place, enhance community wellbeing, and deliver sustainable economic growth for communities.

The quality of the projects funded this year demonstrates New Zealand’s growing strength in applying leading edge science to help improve the lives of New Zealanders. Congratulations to the successful recipients.

Read more about the 2021 successful recipients

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