Successful 2020 Unlocking Curious Minds contestable fund investment round proposals

Through the 2020 funding round, the Unlocking Curious Minds contestable fund is supporting 31 projects aimed at engaging more New Zealanders in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

The 2020 investment round of the Unlocking Curious Minds contestable fund awarded $1.975 million in funding spread across:

  • 18 local community projects with grants of up to $30,000, and
  • 13 regional projects with grants of up to $150,000.

Local Grants

Project Title Region Organisation Funding (excl. GST) Term
An experiential discovery environment which facilitates learning about genetics, identity, and society Wellington Massey University $29,982 11 months
Science to support the next generation of kaitiaki in Waharoa Waikato Landcare Research New Zealand Ltd $30,000 11 months
Rangi - an online weather and climate curriculum Auckland National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research Ltd $30,000 11 months
Olympic Science Otago Otago Museum Trust Board $21,900 18 months
Is Our Watercress Safe? Gisborne Massey University $30,000 11 months
Rotorua Aquabots Bay of Plenty Rotorua District Council T/A Rotorua Lakes Council $12,000 7 months
A DNA technology for enhancing student engagement with science and environmental issues Canterbury Murray Frederick Broom $30,000 10 months
Understanding environmental issues through food packaging and shelf life Manawatū-Wanganui Massey University $28,500 10 months
Can Physics and Augmented Reality make you better at Basketball? Manawatū-Wanganui Massey University $27,200 11 months
He tumanako a tatou: empowering young people to combat climate change Northland Unitec Institute of Technology $30,000 11 months
Partnership to encourage Māori and Pasifika communities into Engineering Canterbury University of Canterbury $30,000 11 months
Using community engagement with networks of low-cost sensors to create healthy indoor environments Auckland University of Auckland $29,684 11 months
Living and learning in a digital society: Youth voices Canterbury University of Canterbury $29,872 11 months
Maths Craft in a Box Canterbury University of Canterbury $30,000 11 months
The Fairfield Project - involving community in urban biodiversity monitoring and restoration Waikato The Kukutaruhe Education Trust $30,000 10 months
Developing a STEM mobile makerspace programme and maker educator learning resources Waikato University of Waikato $30,000 11 months
Climate Change and Our Oceans: Realising the Potential of Seaweeds Wellington Mountains To Sea Wellington Trust $30,000 11 months
Microplastics detectives: Rotorua sediment under microscope Bay of Plenty New Zealand Forest Research Institute Ltd Trading as Scion $30,000 11 months

Regional / National Grants

Project Title Region(s) Organisation Funding (excl. GST) Term
Far from Frozen II – Going to Extremes Nationwide Otago Museum Trust Board $150,000 23 months
RoboPā Waikato, Bay of Plenty Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi $150,000 11 months
Special Agents: the science of medicines Otago, Southland University of Otago $37,261 11 months
The Travelling Augmented Reality Sandbox Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Hawkes Bay, Manawatū-Wanganui, Wellington Institute of Geological & Nuclear Sciences Limited - Trading as GNS Science $105,710 11 months
He kakano ahau e ruia mai e rangiatea Northland Landcare Research New Zealand Ltd $150,000 11 months
KŌKŌKAHA - POWERED BY THE WIND: America’s Cup Schools’ Programme Nationwide Yachting New Zealand Incorporated $150,000 13 months
Full STE(A)M Ahead – 100 women, 100 words…infinite possibilities Otago, Southland Otago Museum Trust Board $30,000 15 months
Quake Kit Earthquake Monitoring Programme for Alpine Fault Schools Tasman, West Coast, Otago, Southland University of Canterbury $29,329 11 months
Project Kiwrious: Activating Curious and Fearless Problem Solvers Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Hawkes Bay, Wellington, Canterbury University of Auckland $147,723 11 months
Programmable Electronics-STEAMS Education Through Digital Technology phase 2 Northland, Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Gisborne, Hawkes Bay, Wellington, Canterbury, Otago, Southland Ministry of Inspiration $100,000 11 months
Discover Hidden Worlds: GeoCamp Northland, an earth science noho marae Northland Institute of Geological & Nuclear Sciences Limited - Trading as GNS Science $139,800 6 months
Karangatia o ngā repo me ngā tangata (Reconnecting communities with their wetlands) Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Canterbury, Otago Landcare Research New Zealand Ltd $127,000 11 months
Community AirWatch: Building community capacity for participatory local air quality management Bay of Plenty, Gisborne, Otago National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research Ltd $150,000 11 months