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Otago's 2020 funding round opens


The Otago Participatory Science Platform is now accepting proposals for funding local science or technology projects in 2020.

Up to $160,000 is available through the Participatory Science Platform to support new community-driven research projects in Otago for 2020, which aim to boost locals' connection and engagement with science and technology.

Either a community group or their science partners can apply for funding, and applicants can request up to $20,000 per project.

All applications are due by 12 noon, Wednesday 18 March 2020.

The project itself, if funded, should be aim to be completed by June 2021, but longer periods may be considered.

"We’ve received a fantastic array of projects in past rounds covering topics spanning social, health, environmental and economic issues and from all parts of Otago – and we hope this diversity will continue," says Claire Concannon, Otago PSP Coordinator. "This year we’re also encouraging teams to consider if there’s any issues relating to understanding or managing potential climate change impacts on their communities"

Claire adds that, thanks to longer term funding from MBIE, the Otago PSP has greater flexibility in this round to support projects that might extend for more than one year. "This will be really helpful for research requiring season-on-season monitoring for instance." 

The Otago Participatory Science Platform (PSP) is one of three region-specific funding initiatives, with the other two based in South Auckland and Taranaki respectively. This funding round does not apply to the other two PSP regions.

The Participatory Science Platform is an initiative under 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.

Apply here for the 2020 Otago PSP funding


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