The Marsden Fund 2008: where is the funding going?

The Marsden Fund supports excellence in leading-edge research in New Zealand. Projects are selected annually in a rigorous process by nine panels of experts who are guided by the opinions of world-leading referees. Funding is spread over three years.

The Marsden Fund was established by the Government in 1994 and takes its name from the founding secretary of the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, Sir Ernest Marsden. Today competition for grants is intense. Marsden is regarded as a hallmark of excellence, allowing New Zealand‘s best researchers to explore their ideas

Further information

The Marsden Fund

Media roundup

NZ Herald: $700,000 grant to probe moa grazing

Otago Daily Times: University of Otago tops Marsden funding

Dominion Post: Science fund doles out $54m

Southland Times: New graduate hits jackpot with funds to study fossils

For further information, or to speak to scientists involved in Marsden Fund research, contact the Science Media Centre on 04 499 5476 or email