Phase 1

Phase 1 of NZRIS is well under way and our first data providers have made their first data submissions. Here you’ll find some early observations about the data that’s been submitted as well as more information about Phase 1 and how it works.

Early observations about the data

The NZRIS team are keen to share some observations from the initial sets of data submitted by our first three organisations. These will give you an idea of the information in the system when it goes live.

We have data on approximately 4,900 awards from around 41 research funds (or asset pools) managed by MBIE, the Royal Society Te Apārangi and the Health Research Council.

An asset pool in NZRIS is a collection of resources, such as money, that are used for a research, science or innovation purpose. NZRIS will be focused on collecting data about government funding in its first two phases. An award in NZRIS is a decision to allocate resources to people and organisations.

The average value of all 4,900 awards currently in our system is around $2 million.

These awards range from approximately $300 million, allocated to Crown Research Institutes as part of the Strategic Investment Fund Programmes, to around $2,000 for a project looking into water conservation as part of the Envirolink asset pool. Across the three initial data providers most of the awards from those asset pools submitted are available from around 2010 onwards, with the earliest awards going back to 2003.

Over time, as we get more information we expect this picture to cover more of the resources in the research, science and innovation system.

Below is a beeswarm plot of the awards for three of the most visible asset pools from the three initial data providers. This graphic aims to give an idea of the size, volume and timeframe for awards.

nzris beeswarm three funds

Once NZRIS is released you’ll be able to access this information through the website. Until then you can find information about these three funds on the funder’s websites:

Phase 1 data provider organisations

The first data being submitted to NZRIS is from three major research funding organisations: the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment; the Royal Society Te Apārangi; and The Health Research Council of New Zealand.

These organisations are known as NZRIS early data providers, and they are providing data about the various funds that they manage. These include the Royal Society Te Apārangi’s Marsden Fund, MBIE’s Endeavour Fund and the Health Research Council’s Partnership Programme, among others.

Take a look at our fact sheet about NZRIS Phase 1 [PDF, 457 KB]

Type of data in Phase 1

The three data providers are submitting data that relates to their funds. The data includes information about the awards they have granted, the purpose and amounts of those awards, and who has received them.

All data submitted to NZRIS needs to meet the NZRIS Data Specifications in order to be accepted by the system. The specifications require data to be broken down into a series of standardised “data entities”. A data entity is a table of data fields relating to one topic or aspect – for example, the NZRIS data entity known as "Asset Pool”-(Fund)” is used to describe a research fund, and it includes data fields such as its name, size and establishment date.

NZRIS Data specifications [DOCX, 2.5 MB]

The data entities that each data provider is submitting in Phase 1 include:

Asset Pool (Fund) – this describes the research fund or other resource, and includes information such as the name of the asset pool and its purpose.

Award Granted – this describes the awards granted through the Asset Pool, such as the dollar amount, who has received them and the purpose of the Award.

Resource distributed – this describes way in which the resource (through the Award) is distributed and amounts paid.

Organisation/Person – these include the organisations and names of people that have received awards or have been involved in administering them.

Most of the data submitted is already publicly available on the data provider organisation’s own websites.

Public vs protected data

Data that is submitted to NZRIS must either be protected or marked as public by the data provider. Data may need to be protected where it is commercially sensitive, for example.

Protected data will be held in a secure data warehouse where it is accessible only to the organisation that submitted it, and the NZRIS custodian. It will not be accessible publicly.

Data marked as public will be released to the NZRIS website where it will be publicly available. 

Diagram showing how data moves through the system
NZRIS graphic
Last updated: 15 December 2020