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.

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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.

Vision Mātauranga - Unlocking the Innovation Potential of Māori Knowledge, Resources and People [PDF, 359 KB]

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 2020 investment round. Our Investment Management System (IMS portal) will be open for applications from 16 September 2019 until 14 November 2019.

Investment Management System(external link)

The funding available

Te Pūnaha Hihiko: Vision Mātauranga Capability Fund funding is available through 2 schemes: Connect Scheme and Placement Scheme.

Connect Scheme

The Connect Scheme seeks to build new connections between Māori organisations and the science and innovation system.

Placement Scheme

The Placement Scheme seeks to enhance the development of an individual(s) through placement in a partner organisation. 

Schemes Indicative total 2020 funds available
(excluding GST)
Our funding per proposal
(excluding GST)
Project term
Connect $2.0 M per year across both Placement and Connect Schemes Up to $100,000 Up to 24 months
Placement Up to $180,000 Up to 24 months

See the:

Te Pūnaha Hihiko: Vision Mātauranga Capability Fund Investment Plan [PDF, 1.2 MB] for details on the strategic context and investment areas for the fund.

Te Pūnaha Hihiko: Vision Mātauranga Capability Fund 2020 Call for Proposals [PDF, 3.8 MB] for full details of the funding available in 2020 and how to apply.

Funding decisions

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.

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Application and assessment information

Success stories for Te Pūnaha Hihiko: Vision Mātauranga Capability Fund

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Contact us

For proposal queries, email  VMCF@mbie.govt.nz

For technical IMS portal queries, email imssupport@mbie.govt.nz or call 0800 693 778 Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm