Te Pūnaha Hihiko: Vision Mātauranga Capability Fund
Te Pūnaha Hihiko: Vision Mātauranga Capability Fund invests in the development of skilled people and organisations that plan to undertake, or are undertaking, research that supports the themes and outcomes of our Vision Mātauranga policy.
Lizzie - Kia ora e hoa hi my friend
Moira - kia ora e hoa, kei te pehea koe? Hey mate, How are you?
Lizzie - Kei te pai ahau, I’m well thanks!
Lizzie - Whats the haupapa of our korero today? What are we we talking about?
Moira – Todays kaupapa is te pūnaha hihiko, Vision Mātauranga Capability fund.
Lizzie – Encourage more Māori organisations to apply
Moira – ae tika tau (yes you’re correct!)
Moira - The Vison Mātauranga Capability Fund (VMCF) is a tool for weaving together Mātauranga Māori (Māori knowledge) with Western Science to contribute to the growth and economic development of ngāi iwi Māori (of iwi and Māori).
Lizzie – so that’s got to be good for Maori right?
Moira – Absolutely! With the assistance of this fund; Māori are able to lead and implement a kaupapa Māori (collective vision, aspiration and purpose for a community) approach to ensure that traditionally recognised practices such as the continuation of kaitiakitanga (guardianship), mana motuhake (self-determination), mana whenua (authority) and mana whakahaere (management) are upheld.
Lizzie – ka rawe e hoa! That’s awesome my mate!
Moira - $4 million dollars is invested annually in projects. There are two schemes, a Connect and a Placement – Connect builds relationships between the partners, and Placements build the capability of a named individual. Projects can run for up to 2 years.
The funding helps Māori organisations to partner with research organisations to work on a project together that’s important and meaningful.
The funding also helps researchers to gain a better understanding of what Māori organisations need and want from the science system.
Moira - Capability is the focus of the fund. It’s a stepping stone for reaching your long-term aspirations in science – for Maori organisations it is by building science capability within your organisation to achieve them.
So what makes a great application?
It needs to show clearly that science capability is being developed in the team members, which will lead to future research.
That there are clear benefits to both the researcher and the Māori organisation.
The project will align with at least one of the themes of the Vision Mātauranga Policy (indigenous innovation, environmental sustainability, social well-being, or Mātauranga)
Lizzie – Ka rawe e hoa! (Amazing my mate!) you’ve got me sold
Moira - Check out the MBIE VMCF webpage for more tips and tricks on how to apply.
Lizzie - Tena koe e hoa, (thank you)
Moira - Kia pai to koutou rā – have a great day!
Both - Mauri ora! – (this is like a proclamation – all in acceptance of all the information that was just shared)
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The Fund's aim
Te Pūnaha Hihiko: Vision Mātauranga Capability Fund aims to:
- strengthen capability, capacity, skills and networks between Māori and the science and innovation system, and
- increase understanding of how research can contribute to the aspirations of Māori organisations and deliver benefit for New Zealand.
The Fund invests in the development of skilled people and organisations that plan to undertake, or are undertaking, research that supports the themes and outcomes of our Vision Mātauranga policy.
The Vision Mātauranga policy aims to unlock the science and innovation potential of Māori knowledge, resources and people to assist New Zealanders to create a better future.
We now invite applications to be considered for funding from Te Pūnaha Hihiko: Vision Mātauranga Capability Fund 2021 investment round. Our Investment Management System (IMS) will be open for applications from 9 September 2020 until 12 noon, 11 November 2020.
The funding available
Approximately $2.0 million (excluding GST) per year is available to fund successful proposals in the Te Pūnaha Hihiko: Vision Mātauranga Capability Fund 2021 investment round. This funding is available through 2 schemes: Connect Scheme and Placement Scheme.
The Connect Scheme seeks to build new connections between Māori organisations and the science and innovation system.
The Placement Scheme seeks to enhance the development of an individual(s) through placement in a partner organisation.
The work programme term for both Connect and Placement schemes is up to two years.
For a work programme with a project of:
- up to 1 year in length, the maximum funding per successful proposal is $150,000 (excluding GST)
- between 1 and 2 years in length, the maximum funding per successful proposal is $250,000 (excluding GST).
Te Pūnaha Hihiko: Vision Mātauranga Capability Fund investment plan 2021 [PDF, 2.3 MB]
Updated for the 2021 investment round for details on the strategic context and investment areas for the fund.
Te Pūnaha Hihiko: Vision Mātauranga Capability Fund Call for Proposals 2021 [PDF, 2.5 MB]
For full details of the funding available and how to apply.
Our Deputy Chief Executive, Labour, Science and Enterprise will make the final investment decisions on which proposals will be funded.
We will notify applicants of the funding decisions. We will also publish decisions and make an announcement via press release.