Application and assessment information for the Endeavour Fund

How to apply for funding through the Endeavour Fund and how applications are assessed.

Who can apply?

The Endeavour Fund opens annually. For the Endeavour Fund 2019 Funding Round, proposals must meet the eligibility criteria set out in the Endeavour Fund 2019 Funding Round Gazette Notice.

Endeavour Fund 2019 Funding Round Gazette Notice(external link)

The application and assessment process

Smart Ideas

Smart ideas application process image

The funding application process comprises registration, submission of concepts, and then if invited, submission of full proposals.

We won't accept proposals from applicants who have not registered.

You must meet the deadlines when submitting your registrations, Concepts and Full proposals.

Refer to the Endeavour Fund Call for Proposals 2019 for full details on how to apply. 

Endeavour Fund Call for Proposals 2019 [PDF, 1.6 MB]

Research Programmes

 research programmes application process

The funding application process comprises registration and submission of full proposals.

We won't accept proposals from applicants who have not registered.

You must meet the deadlines when submitting your registrations, Concepts and Full proposals.

Refer to the Endeavour Fund Call for Proposals 2019 for full details on how to apply.

Endeavour Fund Call for Proposals 2019 [PDF, 1.6 MB] 

Important dates

Smart Ideas

Early October 2018

Call for Proposals released

8 - 19 October 2018

Roadshows

7 November 2018 | 12 noon

Closing date for registrations

28 November 2018 | 12 noon

Closing date for Concepts

Mid-April 2019

Applicants notified of Science Board decisions | Concepts

29 May 2019 | 12 noon

Closing date for Full proposals

Mid-September 2019

Applicants notified of Science Board decisions | Final

1 October 2019

Contracts begin

Research Programmes

Early October 2018

Call for Proposals released

8 - 19 October 2018

Roadshows

13 December 2018 | 12 noon

Closing date for registrations

Due to recent IMS availability issues we have extended 
the registration deadline for Endeavour 2019 Research 
Programmes from 12 Noon | Wednesday 12 December to 12 Noon | Thursday 13 December.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

6 March 2019 | 12 noon

Closing date for Full proposals

Mid-May 2019

Applicants notified of Science Board decisions | Excellence

Mid-September 2019

Applicants notified of Science Board decisions | Final

1 October 2019

Contracts begin

 NB. Dates are subject to change.

 

Essential documents

Endeavour Fund Call for Proposals 2019 [PDF, 1.6 MB] 

 

The information required to prepare and submit a proposal.

Endeavour Fund 2019 Funding Round Questions and Answers [PDF, 136 KB]

 

Application questions and answers as at 14 December 2018.

Endeavour Fund Investment Plan 2019-2021 [PDF, 565 KB]

 

The strategic context and investment areas for the Endeavour Fund.

Gazette Notice(external link)

 

The criteria for eligibility and assessment of proposals, the total value of funding available, the funding mechanisms, and the value and duration of investments under those mechanisms.

Endeavour Fund Assessment Guidelines 2019 Funding Round [PDF, ]

Key Assessor document

Operational instructions for Assessors assessing 2019 Endeavour Fund proposals.

Endeavour Fund Assessment Scoring Guide Supplement for Smart Ideas Proposals 2019 Funding Round [PDF, 555 KB]

Key Assessor document

A guide for Assessors aligned to assess and score Smart Ideas Concepts and Full proposals received for the Endeavour Fund 2019 Funding round.

Endeavour Fund Assessment Scoring Guide Supplement for Research Programmes Proposals 2019 Funding Round [PDF, 449 KB]

Key Assessor document

A guide for Assessors aligned to assess and score Research Programme Full proposals received for the Endeavour Fund 2019 Funding round.

National Statement of Science Investment 2015-2025 [PDF, 1.8 MB] 

 

The New Zealand Government’s science investment strategy

Vision Mātauranga [PDF, 359 KB] 

 

The policy framework for unlocking the innovation potential of Māori knowledge, resources, and people for the benefit of New Zealand

Endeavour Fund  Roadshow 2019 recording(external link)

 

The Dunedin recording of Dr Prue Williams, Dr Max Kennedy, and Dr Eric Walton presenting the Endeavour Fund roadshow.

Endeavour Fund  Roadshow 2019 Slideshow [PDF, 2.3 MB]

 

The slideshow presented during the Endeavour Fund roadshow.

Science Investment  Contract template [PDF, 253 KB]

 

The Investment Contract template sets the terms and conditions under which funding is provided by us to the contracting organisation.

Contestable investments annual reporting guidelines for the period 2018 – 2019 [PDF, 565 KB]

   
The reporting guidelines for Contestable Investment funded programmes.

Conflicts of interest

The names of all independent expert assessors for the Endeavour Fund are published on the College of Assessors page.

If you identify a potential conflict of interest with your proposal, you must email us immediately with the following details so we can reassign assessors if necessary.

  • your proposal reference
  • your contact phone number
  • the assessor’s name or names
  • the reason for your concern.

Contact us

For more information, email endeavour@mbie.govt.nz

Last updated: 30 July 2019