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2021 funding for Auckland opens


Communities in south Auckland can now apply for Participatory Science Platform funding for projects running in 2021.

SouthSci, the Participatory Science Platform in south Auckland, has just opened another funding round to support local projects that strengthen connections between communities and science and technology.

Community groups or their science/technology partners can apply for up to $20,000 funding per project for 2021. 

Expressions of interest are accepted at any time, with full applications due by 29 January for the first intake, 26 February for the second, and by 26 March 2021 for the third and final intake of applications.

Early submissions of both expressions of interest and full applications is strongly advised. For the best chance at designing a successful application, contact the SouthSci team on

Project Manager Sarah Morgan says SouthSci’s aim is to show young people the value of science skills and to highlight career pathways through collaborations with local businesses, researchers and engineers.

She says previous examples of projects supported by SouthSci have included the design of a water self-sufficient garden for students with neurodiversity by Reremoana School, monitoring and trapping guava moths to lift fruit tree harvest numbers at East Tamaki School, and AUT scientists working with senior students at Manurewa High School to look at math modelling of the housing problem in their area.

“The project teams are a collaboration between young people and scientists from universities and research organisations working to complete their projects, which helps schools and community groups find expertise, knowledge and resources they may not otherwise have had access to,” Sarah says.

Projects eligible to receive funding must have community relevance and participation, be tackling a substantive scientific question in active partnership with at least one scientist, and offer enduring educational value and two-way learning for those involved.

SouthSci is one of three region-specific Participatory Science Platform funding initiatives, with the other two based in Otago and Taranaki. The timing of this funding round does not apply to the other two regions.

The Participatory Science Platform is part of A Nation of Curious Minds – He Whenua Hihiri i te Mahara, the Government’s strategic plan to encourage all New Zealanders to get engaged with science and technology.

For more information about applying, visit the SouthSci website


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Participatory Science Platform

Supports collaborative projects that bring together communities and scientists or technologists on research investigating a locally-important question or problem.

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