2021 Endeavour Fund successful proposals

We received 544 applications for research funding in the 2021 round of the Endeavour Fund and 69 were approved for funding.

The successful proposals for the 2021 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 start on 1 October 2021.

Read the Minister's announcement(external link) – Parliament website

Successful 2021 Smart Ideas

The successful Smart Ideas for 2021 are listed below.

Full list of Endeavour Round 2021 successful projects [PDF, 979 KB]

Organisation Title Duration (years) Contract Value (GST excl)
AgResearch Limited Novel infant formula emulsions 3 $999,999
Blue Carbon Services Limited Quantifying Blue Carbon: kelp contribution to carbon sequestration in marine sediments 3 $1,000,000
GNS Science Agent models of tsunami evacuation behaviour to improve planning and preparedness 3 $999,999
GNS Science Assessing silent tsunami risk in the Tasman Sea/Te Tai-o-Rēhua 2 $1,000,000
Landcare Research Exploiting Fear for Integrated Pest Management 3 $1,000,000
Landcare Research Pollinator management through floral microbe-mediated behavioural manipulation 3 $999,999
Massey University High-Resolution Underground Imaging with Airborne Ground-Penetrating Radar 3 $1,000,000
Massey University Enhancing legume nitrogen fixation to reduce fertiliser use 3 $1,000,000
Massey University BioWhere: Developing Methods to Georeference New Zealand’s Biota from Text 3 $1,000,000
National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research Limited RotoTurf – seeding freshwater restoration 3 $999,999
National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research Limited Transforming scallop fishing: Non-destructive surveying and harvesting for economic acceleration and kaitiakitanga 3 $999,999
National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research Limited Carbon sequestration via New Zealand’s estuarine sediments: Implications for GHG budgets 3 $1,000,000
PlantTech Research Institute Limited A 3D model of radiation transport to enable high yield photosynthetic efficient crops 2 $1,000,000
Te Pou Tiringa Incorporated Whakapakari whānau - realising the potential of Māori from early childhood and over generations 3 $1,000,000
The New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research Limited Te tipu o nga ngaro huruhuru: managed native bees for productive agro-ecosystems 3 $1,000,000
The New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research Limited Rongoā Whatutoto - Advancing Rongoā Māori Therapeutic Applications through Innovative Technology 3 $1,000,000
The New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research Limited The bite of the bumblebee: Biomimicry in flower synchronization 3 $1,000,000
The New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research Limited Elucidating key mānuka genes determining honey value 3 $999,999
The New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research Limited Stealth crops: A novel concept in pest management 3 $999,999
University of Auckland Making electroceuticals effective through targeted neuromodulation 2 $999,060
University of Auckland Piecing together our past: developing technology and skills to reconstruct broken cultural artefacts 2 $1,000,000
University of Auckland Seismic strengthening of floor diapraghms with carbon fibre materials (CFRP) 3 $1,000,000
University of Auckland Sulfate prodrugs for antibody-drug conjugates as anticancer agents 3 $999,999
University of Auckland Sequentially knock out Phytophthora life stages: An effective solution to protect plants 3 $1,000,000
University of Auckland Novel device for delivering therapies to the inner ear 3 $1,000,000
University of Auckland Harnessing biological materials to make biodegradable electronic devices 3 $999,687
University of Auckland Improving IVF success rates through machine learning 3 $921,000
University of Auckland A Thumping Good Floor: Granular Metamaterials for Quieter Homes 3 $999,843
University of Auckland Mitigation of coastal wave impacts through innovative engineering and community engagement 3 $999,654
University of Auckland New chemistry to control kinase cell signalling in disease 2 $1,000,000
University of Canterbury Designing electrocatalytic electrodes to increase performance and lower the cost of redox flow batteries 3 $1,000,000
University of Canterbury Fungal biosynthesis of nisin for enteric methane mitigation 2 $1,000,000
University of Canterbury Building an integrative genomics framework to mitigate maladaptive reproductive traits in endangered species 3 $1,000,000
University of Canterbury Transforming New Zealand’s ICT workforce using digital personalized interactive training 3 $999,753
University of Canterbury Non-invasive sap flow measurement and mechanisms for reliable tree syrup yield predictions 3 $999,999
University of Canterbury 3D bathymetric modelling of shallow freshwater bodies with short-wave, small-footprint aerial lidar 2 $999,924
University of Canterbury Distributed radio-localisation techniques to track flying insects with a UAV swarm 3 $999,705
University of Canterbury Production of technology-critical, strategic metals using molten oxide electrolysis 3 $999,999
University of Otago A metal isotope environmental toolkit for tracing emerging heavy metal pollutants 3 $1,000,000
University of Otago Rapid, innovative monitoring of pest and native species using aquatic environmental DNA 3 $1,000,000
University of Otago Novel Mānuka oil antibacterial medicaments to promote bone regeneration in oral wounds 3 $999,500
University of Otago Enhancing seed inoculants with bacteriophages to enable more sustainable agriculture 3 $1,000,000
University of Otago Sterilization of pests for conservation of native species using a cell-targeting approach 3 $1,000,000
University of Otago A transformative DNA diagnostic test for early-stage cancer detection 3 $1,000,000
University of Otago Controlling damaging invasive pests by learning from successful biocontrol 3 $999,999
University of Otago Space-ready radiometers for climate monitoring: using light to detect thermal radiation 3 $1,000,000
University of Waikato An ecosystem modelling platform to assist New Zealand lake management 3 $999,999
University of Waikato Quantifying past rainfall and climate extremes in New Zealand 3 $1,000,000
Victoria University of Wellington Optics-based distributed magnetic field and temperature sensor for enhanced power infrastructure reliability 3 $999,999
Victoria University of Wellington Better models of human emotions for interactive media 3 $999,999
Victoria University of Wellington Three-dimensional fluorescent optical memory for long-term data storage and preservation 3 $999,999
Victoria University of Wellington Transformational Methods for Assessing Subaqueous Volcanic Hazards in NZ and Beyond 3 $1,000,000

Successful 2021 Research Programmes

The successful Research Programmes for 2021 are listed below.

Full list of Endeavour Round 2021 successful projects [PDF, 979 KB]

Organisation Title Duration (years) Contract Value (GST excl)
Cawthron Institute *Fish futures: preparing for novel freshwater ecosystems 5 $12,071,874
Cawthron Institute *Ngā Punga o Te Moana: Anchoring our Open Ocean Aquaculture Future 5 $10,980,925
GNS Science Beneath the Waves: Preparedness and resilience to New Zealand’s nearshore volcano hazards 5 $13,300,000
Landcare Research *Te Weu o te Kaitiaki – Indigenous regeneration pathways 5 $15,950,000
Landcare Research *Moving the middle: empowering land managers to act in complex rural landscapes 5 $13,190,000
Lincoln Agritech Limited *Novel cellulose fibres regenerated from New Zealand plant resources for textile use 5 $8,292,825
Massey University Smart Bioplastic food packaging to extend shelf-life and reduce pollution 5 $9,265,324
National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research Limited *Transforming coastal lowland systems threatened by sea-level-rise into prosperous communities 5 $13,600,000
Scion *Seeing the forest for the trees: transforming tree phenotyping for future forests 5 $9,627,500
Scion Extreme wildfire: Our new reality – are we ready? 5 $11,250,000
Scion Vive la résistance – achieving long-term success in managing wilding conifer invasions 5 $12,850,000
The New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research Limited The Flowering Crisis: Confronting a changing climate’s threat to NZ’s tree crops 5 $14,500,000
University of Auckland *Wirelessly Powered Transport Infrastructure for a Low-carbon Future 5 $13,507,911
University of Canterbury A new electromagnetic imaging method for advanced food process optimization 5 $5,225,040
University of Canterbury Enabling unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) to use tools in complex dynamic environments 5 $9,837,002
University of Otago *Natural carbon sequestration in our southern fjords – a pathway towards carbon neutrality 5 $8,605,643
University of Waikato Restoring Urban Nature 5 $10,069,140

*Transform proposals

2021 success rates by organisation

The table below details the 2021 Endeavour Fund success rates by organisation.

Full list of Endeavour Round 2021 successful projects [PDF, 979 KB]

Organisation Number applied Number successful Success rate (%)
AgResearch Limited 12 1 8.3
Aqualinc Research Limited 3 0 0.0
Auckland University of Technology 26 0 0.0
Barenbrug New Zealand Limited 1 0 0.0
Beef + Lamb New Zealand Limited 1 0 0.0
Blue Carbon Services Limited 1 1 100.0
Bodeker Scientific Limited 6 0 0.0
BRANZ Limited 1 0 0.0
Cawthron Institute 8 2 25.0
Climate Acuity Limited 2 0 0.0
Crow's Nest Research Ltd 1 0 0.0
Gillies McIndoe Research Institute 1 0 0.0
GNS Science 10 3 30.0
Institute of Environmental Science and Research Limited 2 0 0.0
Kimer Med Limited 1 0 0.0
Kry10 Limited 1 0 0.0
Landcare Research 9 4 44.4
Lincoln Agritech Limited 10 1 10.0
Lincoln University 6 0 0.0
Maori And Indigenous Analysis Ltd 1 0 0.0
Massey University 37 4 10.8
MetService 1 0 0.0
MRCagney (NZ) Limited 1 0 0.0
National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research Limited 36 4 11.1
New Zealand Institute for Minerals to Materials Research Limited 1 0 0.0
Nga Uri O Te Ngahere Trust 1 0 0.0
NZ Heavy Engineering Research Association 1 0 0.0
PlantTech Research Institute Limited 1 1 100.0
Scion 20 3 15.0
Sustainable Energy Advice Limited - SEA 1 0 0.0
Te Pou Tiringa Incorporated 1 1 100.0
Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi 1 0 0.0
The Insides Company Limited 1 0 0.0
The New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research Limited 22 6 27.3
Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology 1 0 0.0
Unitec New Zealand Limited 1 0 0.0
University of Auckland 121 12 9.9
University of Canterbury 50 10 20.0
University of Otago 43 9 20.9
University of Waikato 39 3 7.7
Verum Group Limited 1 0 0.0
Victoria University of Wellington 55 4 7.3
VR Voom Limited 1 0 0.0
Weather Radar New Zealand Limited 1 0 0.0
WSP New Zealand Limited 1 0 0.0
Xerra Earth Observation Institute Limited 1 0 0.0
Zambyl Limited 1 0 0.0
Last reviewed: 12 April 2022