Government announces $6 million of new funding for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion initiatives

Published: 02 October 2019

Today the Government announced $6 million of new funding would be allocated to programmes that encourage diversity in science over the next four years.

This funding will be spent on a range of initiatives that achieve this objective, including a programme that will support research institutions to become more diverse and inclusive in order to attract and retain a diverse research workforce.

MBIE wants to remove the barriers that are slowing down progress in this space and ensure that equity, diversity and inclusion initiatives are prioritised. MBIE recognises that achieving greater diversity is a complex issue and there is no silver bullet or quick fixes. Creating a respectful and inclusive research environment is a top priority.

MBIE will be announcing further details about how the funding will be allocated later in the year but expect that it will help to support long-term change through the identification and elimination of underlying issues that impede some groups from progressing in a research career; in particular by helping to identify, share and embed best practice and by working to mainstream EDI into everyday practice.

This is a key goal for the Government and a first step towards delivering on the aspirations stated in the MBIE Diversity in Science Statement for the New Zealand research workforce to more broadly reflect the diversity found in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Read the full announcement on the Beehive website(external link)