Application and assessment information for the Endeavour Fund

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

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Who can apply?

Proposals must meet the eligibility criteria set out in the Gazette Notice.

Endeavour Fund 2021 Investment 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 Call for Proposals for full details on how to apply.

Endeavour Fund Call for Proposals 2021 Investment Round [PDF, 1.9 MB]

Research Programmes

 

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 and Full Proposals.

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

Endeavour Fund Call for Proposals 2021 Investment Round [PDF, 1.9 MB]

Important dates

Smart Ideas

1 October 2020

Call for Proposals released

12, 13 and 19 October 2020

Roadshows

4 November 2020 | 12 noon

Closing date for Registrations

25 November 2020 | 12 noon

Closing date for Concepts

April 2021

Applicants notified of Science Board decisions | Concepts

19 May 2021 | 12 noon

Closing date for Full Proposals

Mid-September 2021

Applicants notified of Science Board decisions | Final

1 October 2021

Contracts begin

Research Programmes

1 October 2020

Call for Proposals released

12, 13 and 19 October 2020

Roadshows

9 December 2020 | 12 noon

Closing date for Registrations

3 March 2021 | 12 noon

Closing date for Full Proposals

Mid-May 2021

Applicants notified of Science Board decisions | Excellence

Mid-September 2021

Applicants notified of Science Board decisions | Final

1 October 2021

Contracts begin

NB. Dates are subject to change.

Essential documents

Endeavour Fund Call for Proposals 2021 Investment Round [PDF, 1.9 MB]

The information required to prepare and submit a proposal.

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

The strategic context and investment areas for the Endeavour Fund.

Endeavour Fund 2021 Investment Round 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 investment portfolio for 2020 by ANZSRC SEO [PDF, 194 KB]

Endeavour investment portfolio data to help inform proposal development.

2021 Endeavour Fund Roadshow slideshow presentation [PDF, 720 KB]

The slideshow presented during the 2021 Endeavour Fund Roadshow in October 2020.

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.

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 2019 – 2020 [PDF, 670 KB]

Annual 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: 20 October 2020