The Marsden Fund 2009 grants: news coverage

The recipients of this year’s Marsden Fund grants have been announced, with some 111 projects gaining $66 million in funding.

The Marsden Fund was set up to fund ‘exceptional research’, and is administered by the Royal Society of New Zealand.  Begun in 1994, the amount awarded has increased every year since.

The grants have sparked wide coverage in the media, and cover everything from brain research to slavery, and obesity to vulcanology.

News coverage:

Manawatu Standard:  $789,000 Marsden Fund grants for Volcanic Solutions team

NZ Herald: Drug may heal injured brains

NZ Herald: Projects range from Maori culture to volcanic forces

NZ Herald: Study to explain weight problems

Otago Daily Times: Big boost in funding for ‘blue skies’ research

Otago Daily Times: Otago research attracts $18 million in grants

3 News: Historian embarks on first NZ study of slavery

Sciblogs posts:

Building blogs of science: Marsden 2009-I: An eye on the birds and the bees

The atavism: Marsden Fund 2009: When Family Trees get convoluted

A measure of science: Marsden 2009: A substantial increase in funding but success rate remains low

Griffin’s Gadgets: $66 million in Marsden Fund grants – what was funded?