Diversity data

Diversity data collected for the 2021 Endeavour Fund Investment Round for the science leader and key researcher/key individual team roles.

Science leaders

  Smart Ideas Assessors who participated Research Programmes Assessors who participated 
Concepts received Successful proposals Proposals received Successful proposals
Gender
Female 17% 20% 20% 15% 12% 23%
Gender diverse 1% 0% 0% 1% 0% 0%
Male 60% 59% 56% 49% 40% 53%
No information provided 23% 20% 24% 35% 48% 24%
Career stage
First stage researcher 2% 2% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Emerging researcher 26% 24% 1% 7% 4% 2%
Established researcher 33% 35% 26% 32% 32% 25%
Leading researcher 26% 27% 57% 43% 40% 55%
No information provided 11% 11% 15% 17% 24% 18%
Age group
20-29 3% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
30-39 23% 19% 6% 8% 4% 4%
40-49 27% 37% 16% 25% 32% 18%
50-59 18% 20% 31% 26% 12% 31%
60-69 4% 4% 19% 7% 0% 23%
70+ 1% 2% 7% 1% 4% 5%
No information provided 24% 19% 20% 31% 44% 17%
Ethnicity
Pasifika 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Māori  2% 3% 4% 7% 14% 11%
Chinese 7% 2% 5% 4% 0% 3%
European 24% 32% 39% 26% 28% 37%
New Zealand European 30% 37% 25% 33% 35% 25%
Other 27% 20% 25% 16% 3% 23%
No information provided 10% 7% 2% 15% 21% 2%

Key individuals and key researchers

  Smart Ideas Assessors who participated  Research Programmes Assessors who participated 
Concepts received Successful proposals Proposals received Successful proposals
Gender
Female 18% 17% 20% 20% 17% 23%
Gender diverse 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Male 47% 45% 56% 38% 39% 53%
No information provided  36% 38% 24% 42% 45% 24%
Career stage
First stage researcher 3% 1% 0% 2% 4% 0%
Emerging researcher 20% 18% 2% 20% 18% 2%
Established researcher 28% 33% 27% 25% 26% 25%
Leading researcher 19% 18% 57% 20% 18% 55%
No information provided 30% 30% 15% 34% 34% 18%
Age group
20-29 4% 1% 0% 3% 4% 0%
30-39 18% 18% 6% 17% 16% 4%
40-49 21% 21% 16% 23% 23% 18%
50-59 15% 18% 31% 14% 12% 31%
60-69 6% 6% 19% 5% 6% 23%
70+ 1% 1% 7% 1% 0% 5%
No information provided 34% 33% 20% 37% 38% 17%
Ethnicity
Pasifika 1% 1% 0% 0% 1% 0%
Māori  5% 8% 4% 7% 9% 11%
Chinese 4% 2% 5% 3% 2% 3%
European 23% 23% 39% 21% 22% 37%
New Zealand European 29% 30% 25% 27% 27% 25%
Other 17% 15% 25% 15% 12% 23%
No information provided 21% 22% 2% 27% 29% 2%

Please note the following caveats:

  • Figures may be subject to rounding
  • Individuals were able to identify up to three ethnicities and as many project team roles as they identified with meaning that some individuals may have been counted more than once
  • There was no limit imposed on the number of roles that could be attached to a 2021 Endeavour application, therefore some applications may have listed more than one person in each role
  • Ethnicity data was collected based on the 2005 Statistics New Zealand Level 2 Classifications for ethnicity.
  • The “Pasifika” ethnicity category incorporates the following ethnicities and sub-categories: “Fijian”, ”Cook Islands Maori”, ”Tongan”, “Samoan”, “'Niuean”, Tokelauan” ”Pacific Peoples” and “Other Pacific Peoples”
  • The “Other” ethnicity category incorporates the following ethnicities and sub-categories: “Other European”, “Asian”, “Southeast Asian”, “Indian”, “Other Asian”, “Middle Eastern”, “Latin American”, “African” “Other Ethnicity” and when an individual did not know what their ethnicity was
  • “No information provided" represents individuals who did not give information on this aspect, or who indicated they preferred not to say.

More information on MBIE's commitment to promote diversity in science and research is provided in our Diversity in science statement.

Last updated: 17 September 2021