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:
- 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
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.
The SSIF Advanced Energy Technology platform intends to:
- support and develop world-leading research capability in niche areas of advanced energy science
- enable New Zealand to contribute to, and benefit from, opportunities in international technology markets
- deliver on the Government’s advanced energy technology investment goals.
The following programmes are currently funded under the SSIF Advanced Energy Technology platform:
- The Research Trust of Victoria University of Wellington for their programme “High power electric motors for large-scale transport”
- University of Waikato for their programme “Ahuora: Delivering sustainable industry through smart process heat decarbonisation”
- University of Canterbury for their programme “Architecture of the future low-carbon, resilient, electrical power system”.
GNS Science for their programme “Aotearoa: Green Hydrogen Technology Platform”.
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:
- The Research Trust of Victoria University of Wellington for the programme “A data-science driven evolution of aquaculture for building the blue economy”
- Te Hiku Media for the programme “A language platform for a multilingual Aotearoa”
- University of Waikato for the programme “Time-Evolving Data Science / Artificial Intelligence for Advanced Open Environmental Science”
- University of Auckland for their programme “Beyond Prediction: explanatory and transparent data science”.
Ngā Rakau Taketake – combatting kauri dieback and myrtle rust
Kauri dieback and myrtle rust are threatening several of New Zealand's taonga species, including kauri and pohutukawa. The New Zealand's Biological Heritage (NZBH) National Science Challenge is working closely with Māori and a wide range of stakeholders to develop a strategic science investment (SSIF) platform of research to combat these diseases.
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AgResearch receives $38.4 million per year for 2 science platforms – Agri-food production and Premium agri-foods.
The Government is investing $49 million over 7 years in a Strategic Science Investment Fund (SSIF) platform for Antarctic science.
Cawthron receives $5.0 million per year for 2 science platforms – Seafood safety and Shellfish aquaculture.
GNS Science receives $29.6 million for 3 science platforms – Geological resources, Geological processes and hazards, and Nuclear and isotope science, and also receives funding from the Advanced Energy Technology Platform. Below are the public statements from our contracts with GNS Science.
To ensure New Zealand has world class research capability to respond to serious infectious disease threats.
Landcare Research receives $17.4 million per year for 2 science platforms - Land-based ecosystems and Enhancing land use.
In November 2018, the Minister of Research, Science and Innovation announced funding of $13.75 million over 3 years for research to combat the spread of kauri dieback and myrtle rust. The New Zealand’s Biological Heritage (NZBH) National Science Challenge has since been working closely with Māori and a wide range of stakeholders to develop a strategic science investment (SSIF) platform of research to combat these diseases.
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.
The NZ Leather & Shoe Research Association (LASRA) receives $0.9 million per year for 1 science platform – Export quality hides.
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 receives $17.4 million per year for 2 science platforms – Forest systems and Manufactured products from trees.
Te Hiku Media will receive $13 million (GST exclusive) over 7 years for the data science programme “A language platform for a multilingual Aotearoa”.
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.
The Research Trust of Victoria University of Wellington is receiving funding from 2 SSIF platforms – Advanced Energy Technology and Data Science.
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.
University of Canterbury is receiving $13.3 million (GST exclusive) over 7 years for the Advanced Energy Technology Platform research programme “Architecture of the future low-carbon, resilient, electrical power system”.
University of Waikato is receiving funding from 2 SSIF platforms – Advanced Energy Technology and Data Science.