Successful 2022 Unlocking Curious Minds contestable fund investment round proposals

Through the 2022 funding round, the Unlocking Curious Minds contestable fund is supporting 13 projects aimed at engaging more New Zealanders in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

The 2022 investment round of the Unlocking Curious Minds contestable fund awarded $1.592 million in the following grants, which will start on 1 February 2022.

View the public statements for these successful applicants along with information on who has been funded in previous rounds on our webpage:

Who got funded

Project title Regions Organisation Funding (excl. GST) Term
AirBox – A Participatory Research Kit for Communities of Learning Waikato Region, Bay of Plenty Region National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research Limited $150,000 11 months
Āwhinatia te Wero: Māori innovation tackling past and present challenges Nelson Region, West Coast Region, Canterbury Region, Otago Region, Southland Region Otago Museum Trust Board $130,000 11 months
Brainwatch: Bridging the gap between brain science and awareness for our rangatahi Gisborne Region Mātai Medical Research Institute $116,150 11 months
“He waka eke noa!”: Enriching Māori and Pasifika science through Waka Ama Auckland Region, Gisborne Region, Taranaki Region, Manawatu-Wanganui Region Massey University $136,837 10 months
How nature-friendly is my food? Empowering critical thinking, decision-making and action Northland Region, Auckland Region, Waikato Region, Bay of Plenty Region, Gisborne Region, Hawkes Bay Region, Taranaki Region, Manawatu-Wanganui Region, Wellington Region, Tasman Region, Nelson Region, Marlborough Region, West Coast Region, Canterbury Region, Otago Region, Southland Region Landcare Research New Zealand Ltd T/A Manaaki Whenua $150,000 11 months
Islands to Arks - Sharing stories and STEM solutions to build climate resilience Auckland Region, Otago Region, Southland Region Otago Museum Trust Board $ 72,200 16 months
Kotahi taku huata ki runga Hauruia, te mano, te mano, te mano Bay of Plenty Region Massey University $90,662 11 months
Matihiko Ahi kaa – Digital home-fires burning for rangatahi in Northland and elsewhere Northland Region The Research Trust of Victoria University of Wellington $145,597 11 months
Providing primary and intermediate schools access to quality bilingual science resources. Taranaki Region, Manawatu-Wanganui Region House of Science NZ Charitable Trust $150,000 11 months
Pūtaiao mō te Ao Tūroa -The Science of Nature Tasman Region, Nelson Region, Marlborough Region, West Coast Region Whenua Iti Trust T/A Whenua Iti Outdoors $52,740 11 months
Soilsafe Kids: Engaging school children and their families in soil science. Auckland Region University of Auckland $149,382 11 months
Student-led exploration of pathogen phytoremediation plants as mitigation technology of polluted waterbodies Waikato Region,Bay of Plenty Region EcoQuest Education Foundation $150,000 11 months
The Science of Medicines II: Whakatere Waka Taranaki Region,Manawatu-Wanganui Region,Otago Region,Southland Region University of Otago $98,604 11 months
Last updated: 12 December 2021