Application and assessment information for the Te Pūnaha Hihiko: Vision Mātauranga Capability Fund

How to apply for funding through the Te Pūnaha Hihiko: Vision Mātauranga Capability Fund and how applications are assessed.

Who can apply

For a proposal to be considered for assessment for either the Connect Scheme or Placement Scheme, it must meet the eligibility criteria for proposals as set out below in Te Pūnaha Hihiko: Vision Mātauranga Capability Fund Investment Plan and reiterated in the Call for Proposals.

Te Pūnaha Hihiko: Vision Mātauranga Capability Fund Investment Plan [PDF, 1.2 MB]

Te Pūnaha Hihiko: Vision Mātauranga Capability Fund Call for Proposals 2020 Investment Round [PDF, 3.8 MB]

Proposals that we consider don't meet these criteria will be declined for funding on eligibility grounds.

The application and assessment process

All proposals for the fund will be first assessed against the eligibility criteria for the fund.

Proposals we consider are eligible will be assessed against the assessment criteria by an independent panel we appoint. The assessment panel will assess proposals for both schemes.

Important dates

16 September 2019

Our portal opens

14 November 2019 | 12 noon 

All proposals must be submitted to us

April 2020

Investment funding decisions announced and contracting starts

June 2020

Successful proposals begin their work programmes

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

Essential documents

Document

Description

Te Pūnaha Hihiko: Vision Mātauranga Capability Fund Call for Proposals 2020 Investment Round [PDF, 3.8 MB]

The information required to prepare and submit a funding proposal

Te Pūnaha Hihiko: The Vision Mātauranga Capability Fund 2020 Funding Round Questions and Answers [PDF, 150 KB] Funding Round Questions and Answers

Te Pūnaha Hihiko: Vision Mātauranga Capability Fund Assessment Guidelines 2020 Investment Round [PDF, 3.4 MB]

The information on how funding applications will be assessed

Te Pūnaha Hihiko: Vision Mātauranga Capability Fund Investment Plan [PDF, 1.2 MB]

Published in 2018, the strategic context and investment areas for the fund

National Statement of Science Investments 2015-2025 [PDF, 1.8 MB]

The New Zealand Government’s science investment strategy

Vision Mātauranga Policy [PDF, 359 KB]

The policy framework for unlocking the innovation potential of Māori knowledge, resources, and people for the benefit of New Zealand 

Te Pūnaha Hihiko: Vision Mātauranga Capability Fund investment contract [PDF, 280 KB] 

The terms and conditions of the VMCF Investment Contract will apply to the provision of funding agreed between us and the contracting organisation.

Reporting Guidelines [PDF, 453 KB]

The reporting guidelines for work programmes funded under Te Pūnaha Hihiko: Vision Mātauranga Capability Fund.

Application support

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Conflicts of interest

We will publish the names and biographies of Te Pūnaha Hihiko: Vision Mātauranga Capability Fund Assessment Panel members before the proposal submission closing date.

If you identify a potential conflict of interest with your application, email us with the following details as soon as possible so we can look into it and reassign assessors as necessary:

  • your application reference
  • your contact phone number
  • the assessor’s name or names
  • the reason for your concern.

Related pages

Application support

Assessment panel

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

Last updated: 14 February 2019