Programmes funded through the Strategic Science Investment Fund

Strategic Science Investment Fund programmes brought together ‘CRI core funding’ and ‘IRO capability funding’ to provide a more active partnership between government and research organisations and deliver government science priorities.

Science platforms

SSIF programmes are structured around science platforms. 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.

Contracts run from 1 July 2018 until 30 June 2024.

SSIF currently funds:

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

Programmes being established

Antarctic Science Platform

Antarctica New Zealand has been contracted from November 2018 to Host the Antarctic Science Platform. This investment is for $7 million of funding per year for 7 years. The aim of the Antarctic Science Platform is to conduct excellent science to understand Antarctica’s impact on the global earth system.

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 MBIE’s decision on contracting the Platform.

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 new Strategic Science Investment Fund (SSIF) platform for Antarctic science.