Programmes funded through the Strategic Science Investment Fund

Strategic Science Investment Fund Programmes provides an active partnership between government and research organisations to deliver government science priorities.

SSIF Programmes is structured around science platforms and prorgammes. A science platform is 'a combination of people, facilities, information and knowledge that provide a particular, ongoing science and innovation capability for New Zealand'.

Further description of the principles underlying the science platforms can be found in the SSIF Investment Plan.

Crown Research Institute platforms

In 2017 we ran a process to transfer $193 million of funding per year from CRI core funding into 16 SSIF science platforms across the 7 CRIs.

The CRI platforms are aligned to the core purpose of each CRI and support the unique and deep capability that each CRI has in main research areas.

SSIF currently funds the following CRI platforms:

  • AgResearch
  • The Institute of Environmental Science and Research (ESR)
  • GNS Science
  • Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research
  • National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA)
  • Plant and Food Research
  • Scion.

Independent Research Organisation platforms

In 2018 we ran a process to transfer $5.9 million of funding per year from Independent Research Organisation (IRO) capability funding into 3 SSIF science platforms across 2 IROs.

SSIF currently funds:

  • Cawthron Institute
  • NZ Leather & Shoe Research Association (LASRA).

Contracts run from 1 July 2018 until 30 June 2024.

Antarctic Science platform

The Government is investing $49 million over 7 years in a SSIF platform for Antarctic science. The goals of the platform are to:

  • improve scientific understanding of pressing issues such as climate change and ecosystem resilience
  • safeguard the strategic benefits of New Zealand’s scientific activity in Antarctica
  • optimise the value and impact of Antarctic science and Antarctic-related expenditure.

Advanced Energy Technology platform

Advanced Energy Technology is technology at the frontier of innovation, with the potential to advance and disrupt global energy markets. We define advanced energy technology as:

engineering, physical and biological sciences research developing technologies at the frontier of transforming the way we produce, use, manage, and store energy.

These technologies will have the potential to radically shift the global energy landscape and develop market opportunities for New Zealand.

We are currently seeking proposals for ambitious, excellent and well-defined research programmes which deliver on the Government’s advanced energy technology platform investment principles and wider Government priorities for the energy sector.

See the Advanced Energy Technology Platform Call for Proposals for the information required to prepare and submit a funding application as well as the assessment criteria.

Strategic Science Investment Fund: Advanced Energy Technology Platform Call for Proposals – 2019 [PDF, 1.1 MB]

Data Science platform

The SSIF Data Science platform intends to:

  • significantly lift New Zealand’s capability
  • support and encourage dynamic and world class data science research.
  • deliver on the Government’s data science investment goals:
    • to make sure New Zealand has sufficient advanced data science capability to develop useful and transformative data science techniques, and to
    • create benefits for New Zealand.

The following programmes are currently funded under the SSIF Data Science platform:

Combatting kauri dieback and myrtle rust

In November 2018, the Minister of Research, Science and Innovation announced funding of $13.75 million over three years for research to combat the spread of kauri dieback and myrtle rust. The New Zealand’s Biological Heritage National Science Challenge is developing a Platform Plan for strategic science investment to combat these diseases.

Proposed research will be aligned to the Challenge’s objective of protecting our biodiversity, improving our biosecurity and enhancing our resilience to harmful organisms, and to research priorities identified by the kauri dieback and myrtle rust Strategic Science Advisory Groups. The research will focus and accelerate current work being done by Government agencies, councils, research providers, Māori and interest groups.

Assessment of the Platform Plan early in 2019 by a panel including the Departmental Science Advisors of the Department of Conservation, the Ministry for the Environment and the Ministry for Primary Industries will inform our decision on contracting the Platform.

For more information visit the Bio Heritage website(external link).

In this section

AgResearch

AgResearch receives $38.4 million per year for 2 science platforms – Agri-food production and Premium agri-foods.

The Institute of Environmental Science and Research

The Institute of Environmental Science and Research (ESR) receives $9.2 million per year for 2 science platforms – Human and environmental health and Forensic science.

GNS Science

GNS Science receives $24.8 million per year for 3 science platforms – Geological resources, Geological processes and hazards and Nuclear and isotope science

Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research

Landcare Research receives $17.4 million per year for 2 science platforms - Land-based ecosystems and Enhancing land use.

NIWA

The National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) receives $42.7 million per year for 3 science platforms - Marine environment, Freshwater environment, and Climate and weather hazards.

Plant and Food Research

Plant & Food Research receives $42.7 million per year for 2 science platforms – Plant-based food and seafood production and Premium plant-based and seafood products.

Scion

Scion receives $17.4 million per year for 2 science platforms – Forest systems and Manufactured products from trees.

Cawthron Institute

Cawthron receives $5.0 million per year for 2 science platforms – Seafood safety and Shellfish aquaculture.

NZ Leather & Shoe Research Association

The NZ Leather & Shoe Research Association (LASRA) receives $0.9 million per year for 1 science platform – Export quality hides.

Antarctic Science platform

The Government is investing $49 million over 7 years in a Strategic Science Investment Fund (SSIF) platform for Antarctic science.

Advanced Energy Technology platform

Through Budget 2019, the Government will invest $50 million over 7 years in a Strategic Science Investment Fund (SSIF) platform for advanced energy technologies research.

The Research Trust of Victoria University of Wellington

The Research Trust of Victoria University of Wellington will receive $13 million (GST exclusive) over 7 years for the data science programme “A data-science driven evolution of aquaculture for building the blue economy”.

Te Hiku Media

Te Hiku Media will receive $13 million (GST exclusive) over 7 years for the data science programme “A language platform for a multilingual Aotearoa”.

University of Waikato

University of Waikato will receive $13 million (GST exclusive) over 7 years for the data science programme “Time-Evolving Data Science / Artificial Intelligence for Advanced Open Environmental Science”.

University of Auckland

University of Auckland will receive $10 million (GST exclusive) over 7 years for the data science programme “Beyond Prediction: explanatory and transparent data science”. On this page is the public statement from our contract with University of Auckland.

Last updated: 04 December 2019