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Crazy science – but is it crazy enough? – Craig Stevens

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on November 16th, 2016.

Crazy science is just what the doctor ordered, writes NZ Association of Scientists president Dr Craig Stevens about the Marsden Fund. An excerpt (read in full): The Marsden Fund is precious taxpayers’ money awarded to some of the nation’s cleverest minds, for ideas that have the potential to be simply brilliant. Sometimes the ideas help […]

Marsden Funds of $65.2m – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on November 7th, 2016.

A total of 117 research projects were granted $65.2 million in funds in last week’s Marsden Fund announcement. An increase to the fund of $66 million over the next four years – announced by the Government in Budget 2016 – meant the number of grants was up from last year’s 92 funded projects. The funds included […]

Kiwi research gets $54 million boost from Marsden Fund

John Kerr posted in on November 6th, 2015.

Could antiseptic handwash make us sicker in the long run? Do zoos make us care more about threatened species? How do babies learn how other people think? These intriguing questions are a just a few of the problems being tackled by the recipients of this year’s round of grants from the Marsden Fund – New […]

Marsden Fund under the microscope – Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on October 2nd, 2015.

New Zealand’s leading ‘blue skies’ research fund boosts Kiwi science, but could be tweaked for greater efficiency, says a new study. An evaluation conducted by researchers at Motu Economic and Public Policy Research institute has found that Marsden funding increases the scientific output of the funded researchers. Compared to similar groups that do not receive funding, […]

101 research projects awarded Marsden Fund grants

Laura Goodall posted in on November 5th, 2014.

New Zealand’s top researchers will receive $56 million in Marsden Fund grants over the next three years. Over a hundred research programmes have been approved in this year’s funding round for the Royal Society of New Zealand Marsden Fund which has been supporting research in science, engineering, maths, social sciences and the humanities for 20 years. Projects include […]

Marsden fund celebrates 20 years of research

John Kerr posted in on February 19th, 2014.

Scientists, researchers and politicians are celebrating the twentieth anniversary of the Marsden Fund, New Zealand’s largest fund for leading-edge, fundamental research projects. A special event at Parliament yesterday marked the 20th anniversary of the Marsden Fund , which has distributed more than $600 million to over 1200 projects in the areas of science, engineering and […]

Marsden Fund awards $59 million for research

John Kerr posted in on October 30th, 2013.

‘Can plants get sunburnt?’, ‘how and when does cooperation develop in infants?’ and ‘how has religion shaped Kiwi attitudes?’ These intriguing questions are a just a few of the problems being tackled by the recipients of this year’s round of grants from the Marsden Fund – New Zealand’s largest ‘blue skies’ research funding body. Announced […]

$59 million Marsden Fund round revealed

Peter Griffin posted in on October 29th, 2013.

The country’s largest independent research fund has awarded $59 million to a total of 109 research projects that will run over the next three years and span subjects as varied as semiconductors and bioluminescence. The full list of funded projects is available here. They were selected from 1157 representing a 9.4 per cent application success […]

2012 Marsden Grants fund ‘blue skies’ research

John Kerr posted in on October 25th, 2012.

‘Will changes in the atmosphere and ozone layer affect New Zealand’s weather?’, ‘Can we design an invisibility device?’, ‘How do you build a human heart from scratch?’. These intriguing questions are a just a few of the problems being tackled by the recipients of this year’s round of grants from the Marsden Fund – New […]

Newsletter Digest: Marsen Fund winners, sea level rise, and flu co-infection

Peter Griffin posted in on September 17th, 2010.

Marsden grant winners revealed next week Next Friday will see the public release of details about the winners of the latest Marsden Fund investment round. Journalists registered with the Royal Society will receive embargoed copies of individual funding announcements from next Tuesday. Contact RSNZ communications manager Philippa Sargent for more details. Marsden is the largest […]

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