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An update on the 2022 Unlocking Curious Minds investment round
We can confirm that an investment process for Unlocking Curious Minds contestable fund will open mid-July 2021. Approximately $1.6 million will be invested in projects of up to an 11 month period that:
• engage New Zealanders with science and technology, and
• cover one or more regions in New Zealand.
The funding available per project is $50,000 (minimum) and $150,000 (maximum). There will be a two-week registration period where applicants must register their intention before they can submit a proposal. Proposals will be due in early September.
More information, including a Call for Proposals will be available in mid-July on the MBIE website. The Curious Minds website will not be updated.
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What is Unlocking Curious Minds?
Unlocking Curious Minds is a contestable fund that supports innovative, quality projects which provide more New Zealanders with opportunities to learn about and engage with science and technology.
People who already have some previous science and technology experience are usually easier to engage than people who have none. Therefore, the challenge is to reach and inspire a broader base of New Zealanders through initiatives that bring science and technology to audiences that have less opportunity to learn about and engage with science and technology.
Unlocking Curious Minds supports projects that enhance or broaden the connection and engagement of 'hard to reach' New Zealanders by:
- supporting 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
- encouraging engagement in societal debate about science and technology issues facing the country.
The fund supports the entire strategic plan to encourage and support all New Zealanders to engage with science and technology.View all stories