2019 Endeavour Fund successful proposals

We received 414 applications for research funding from the 2019 Endeavour Fund, with 71 approved for funding.

The successful proposals for the 2019 Endeavour Fund were selected by the Science Board, an independent statutory Board, following review by independent experts from New Zealand and overseas.

The new contracts started on 1 October 2019.

Read the Minister’s announcement on the Beehive website(external link)

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Successful 2019 Smart Ideas

The successful Smart Ideas for 2019 are listed below.

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Organisation Title Duration (years) Contract Value (GST excl)
AgResearch Limited High-value New Zealand pigs for transplantable biomaterials 3 $1,000,000
Novel discriminatory tests for E. coli to improve water quality assessments 3 $999,999
Auckland University of Technology A new measurement principle for accurate non-invasive blood pressure 3 $1,000,000
Blue Carbon Services Carbon Sequestration and Mussel Productivity in Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture 3 $1,000,000
Cawthron Institute Natural compound manipulation for therapeutic applications 3 $1,000,000
GNS Science Nano-catalytic surfaces for efficient, stable fuel cells and eco-friendly hydrogen production 3 $999,987
Lincoln University Multifunctional nano-coatings for sustainable agriculture applications 3 $999,909
Massey University Monoamine oxidase inhibitors from tobacco smoke: from Nicotine Replacement Therapy to Tobacco Replacement Therapy 3 $999,999
Meteorological Service of New Zealand Limited Machine learning for advanced coastal storm surge predictions 2 $1,000,000
National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research Limited Novel high-tech underwater selection tools for environmentally and economically sustainable fishing 2 $1,000,000
Better sea ice predictions for shipping via wave-ice forecasting 3 $1,000,000
Broadband acoustic characterisation of free gases in the ocean water 3 $1,000,000
Numerical simulations to identify river width that minimises flood-risk on alluvial fans 2 $1,000,000
Scion Harnessing photoheterotrophic metabolism to convert methane into biopolymers 3 $999,999
A living “factory” for the production of high-value terpenes 3 $999,999
The New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research Limited Targeting Specialty: Taxonomically restricted genetics for faster selection 3 $999,999
Understanding spore/host recognition to prevent plant infection from ascomycete fungal pathogens 3 $1,000,000
Cellular agriculture of fish: premium seafood from immortalised cell lines. 3 $1,000,000
Sex pheromones of social wasps: From discovery to population disruption 3 $999,999
Using plant-microbe interactions to manipulate dormancy for increased post-harvest value 3 $1,000,000
Unitec Institute of Technology Assessing Reidentification Risks with Bayesian Probabilistic Programming 3 $998,504
University of Auckland Personalised medicine for movement disorders 2 $999,948
Realising Children and Young People's Participatory Rights in Child Protection Services 3 $982,854
Engineering microbial enzymes for plastic recycling and environmental remediation. 3 $997,191
Augmented Nutrition 3 $1,000,000
Novel boron carriers for Boron Neutron Capture Therapy, a non-invasive cancer treatment 3 $999,000
Testing a post-normal approach to consensual technological evaluation and adoption 2 $978,782
Making New Zealand homes quieter, a sound investment 3 $991,095
Drinking-Water Pathogen Monitoring in Real-Time 3 $999,999
University of Canterbury Development of a multi-axis spin-coating system to coat curved surfaces 3 $1,000,000
Integrated biomass gasification with chemical looping and oxygen uncoupling for H2 production and CO2 capture 3 $999,999
University of Otago Diagnosis by light: An endoscopic probe for biopsy-free diagnosis of gastrointestinal diseases 3 $999,999
Cultivating resilient marine forests to rebuild productive coastal ecosystems 3 $1,000,000
Enabling possum fertility control and eradication 3 $999,970
Modelling the cracks, chills and feedbacks that will control Auckland's next eruption 3 $1,000,000
Generating non-heading ryegrass 3 $1,000,000
Computational platform for phylogenetic analysis of somatic evolution 3 $1,000,000
Phage-inspired custom antimicrobials to target bacterial pathogens 3 $1,000,000
Quantifying environmental resources through high-resolution, automated, satellite mapping of landscape change 3 $1,000,000
Contact-free sensing of high voltages using a laser electrometer 3 $1,000,000
University of Waikato Evaluating earthquake risk using liquefied volcanic-ash layers in lakes 3 $1,000,000
User-friendly deep learning 3 $1,000,000
A new method for measurements of muddy suspended sediments in aquatic environments 3 $1,000,000
Victoria University of Wellington Developing a synthetic biological platform to access the chemical diversity of New Zealand microbial communities 3 $1,000,000
Rational design and synthesis of novel pharmacological chaperones to treat Krabbe disease 3 $1,000,000
Measuring income inequality, poverty and mobility in New Zealand 3 $999,459
Next-generation technologies for pest control: gene silencing for invasive wasp control 3 $999,999
Non-toxic hybrid nanomaterials for luminescent solar concentrators 3 $999,999
Weather Radar New Zealand Limited A New Approach to Weather Radar Observations for Real-time Natural Hazard Warnings 3 $999,999

Successful 2019 Research Programmes

The successful Research Programmes for 2019 are listed below.

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Organisation Title Duration (years) Contract Value (GST excl)
AgResearch Limited Rapidly evolving climate-smart dairy cattle 5 $10,000,000
Beyond the genome: Exploiting methylomes to accelerate adaptation to a changing environment 5 $5,412,915
Auckland University of Technology The expression, experience and transcendence of low-skill in Aotearoa New Zealand 5 $4,350,807
Advanced, novel biopotential sensor platform for New Zealand health-tech companies 5 $7,946,676
Cawthron Institute A toolbox to underpin and enable tomorrow's marine biosecurity system 5 $10,433,370
GNS Science *Geothermal: The next generation 5 $10,689,200
Landcare Research New Zealand Limited Eradication Science: eliminating the last survivors to achieve predator freedom 5 $7,500,000
Lincoln Agritech Limited Subsurface processes in braided rivers – hyporheic exchange and leakage to groundwater 5 $7,970,670
National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research Limited *Halving rural and Māori community wastewater treatment costs: Mainstreaming novel ecocultural technologies 5 $10,000,000
Scion Forest flows – creating water-resilient landscapes 5 $13,736,775
The New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research Limited *Re-imagining aquaculture: inventing low-impact, offshore mobile technology that transforms finfish production 5 $18,750,000
Unitec Institute of Technology *Marae Ora, Kāinga Ora: Marae-led housing interventions that develop kāinga. 3 $3,527,403
University of Auckland Our generation, our voices, all our futures 5 $5,216,585
Transitioning Taranaki to a Volcanic Future 5 $13,676,785
University of Canterbury *3-D printed porous media for process engineering 5 $9,812,550
University of Otago *New Frontiers in Antiviral Development 5 $13,525,451
*Precision Antimicrobials: Targeted Therapeutics for Food and Companion Animal Infections 5 $8,709,022
Whakapapakainga: Low Carbon and High Cultural Connectedness Futures for Community Cross-generational Benefit 5 $7,248,016
University of Waikato Turning the tide on prison violence 5 $3,916,045
Victoria University of Wellington Informatics for Social Services and Wellbeing Data New Zealand 3 $2,658,600
Extreme events and the emergence of climate change 5 $10,273,285
*Zero-CO2 production of essential technological metals 5 $6,494,327

* Transform proposal

2019 success rates by organisation

The table below details the 2019 Endeavour Fund success rates by organisation.

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Organisation Number Applied Number Successful Success Rate(%)
AgResearch 22 4 18.2
Ake Innovation Limited 1 0 0.0
Aqualinc Research Limited 3 0 0.0
Auckland University of Technology 19 3 15.8
Biopolymer Network Limited 1 0 0.0
Blue Carbon Services 1 1 100.0
Bodeker Scientific Limited 1 0 0.0
Cawthron Institute 5 2 40.0
CRL Energy Limited 4 0 0.0
DairyNZ Limited 1 0 0.0
Dr Nicholas Gaddum 1 0 0.0
Ecometrics Limited 1 0 0.0
GNS Science 13 2 15.4
Institute of Environmental Science and Research Limited 2 0 0.0
Kentron Limited 1 0 0.0
Landcare 8 1 12.5
Lincoln AgriTech Limited 7 1 14.3
Lincoln University 5 1 20.0
Mackie Research & Consulting Limited 1 0 0.0
Massey University 18 1 5.6
Meteorological Service of New Zealand Limited 1 1 100.0
National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research Limited 28 5 17.9
Parresia Research Limited 1 0 0.0
Remedius Biotech Limited 2 0 0.0
Scion 23 3 13.0
Sustainable Energy Advice Limited 1 0 0.0
The New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research Limited 20 6 30.0
Unitec Institute of Technology 5 2 40.0
University of Auckland 78 10 12.8
University of Canterbury 36 3 8.3
University of Otago 37 12 32.4
University of Waikato 30 4 13.3
VetSouth Limited 1 0 0.0
Victoria University of Wellington 32 8 25.0
Weather Radar New Zealand Limited 1 1 100.0
WSP Opus 2 0 0.0
Xerra Earth Observation Institute Limited 1 0 0.0
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