Unlocking Curious Minds contestable fund

The Unlocking Curious Minds contestable fund supports the objective of He Whenua Hihiri I Te Mahara - A Nation of Curious Minds to encourage and enable better engagement with science and technology across all of New Zealand.

The Fund's objective

The objective of the Fund is to support projects that use innovative and/or best-practice approaches to provide New Zealanders with more opportunities to learn about and engage with science and technology, by:

  • funding education and community outreach initiatives that focus on science and technology
  • broadening participants’ ability to engage with science and technology
  • promoting the relevance of science and technology in their lives
  • supporting them to engage in societal debate about science and technology issues facing the country.

The General Manager, Science System Investment and Performance makes the final investment decisions on which proposals will be funded.

2020 investment round funding information and decisions

The 2020 investment round of the Unlocking Curious Minds contestable fund awarded $1.975 million in funding spread across 18 local community projects and 13 regional projects. 

View the full list of successful 2020 investment round proposals

Important dates

November 2019 Funding decisions announced
February 2020 Funding Agreements signed and funded work programmes start
31 December 2020 All work programmes completed

NB. Dates are subject to change. Subscribe to our alerts and updates(external link) to be kept up to date.

Essential documents

Document Description
Unlocking Curious Minds contestable fund 2020 Investment Round Call for Proposals [PDF, 1.7 MB] The information required to prepare and submit a funding proposal.
Unlocking Curious Minds Contestable Fund 2020 Investment Round Assessment Guidelines [PDF, 982 KB] The information on how funding applications will be assessed.
scienceonline.tki.org.nz(external link) The principles, aims, values, objectives, and key competencies of the New Zealand Curriculum – Science.
A Nation of Curious Minds He Whenua Hihiri i te Mahara [PDF, 1.2 MB](external link) New Zealand's national strategic plan for science and society.
National Statement of Science Investments 2015-2025 [PDF, 1.8 MB] The New Zealand Government’s science investment strategy
Unlocking Curious Minds - Funding Agreement [PDF, 284 KB] The terms and conditions of the Funding Agreement that will apply to the provision of funding agreed between us and the contracting organisation.