Unlocking Curious Minds

The Unlocking Curious Minds contestable fund supports innovative projects that will excite and engage New Zealanders, particularly young people, who have limited opportunities to be involved with science and technology.

The funding available

The fund offers 2 levels of grant: up to $30,000 for local projects, and up to $150,000 for regional or national projects.

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.