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$84.6m awarded by Marsden Fund – Expert Reaction

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on November 2nd, 2017.

A total of 133 research projects have been funded in the latest round of the Marsden Fund, for a total of $84.6 million – an increase over last year’s $65m. The Fund received a boost in the 2016 Budget of an additional $66m over four years, which allowed more proposals to be funded and increased the success […]

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 […]

Brexit: what does it mean for science? Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on June 27th, 2016.

Brexit is a reality – Britain has voted to leave the European Union. With the shock waves beginning to be felt, our colleagues at the Australian and UK Science Media Centres collected the following expert commentary from scientists regarding the implications of the Brexit vote. From the AusSMC: Professor Les Field AM FAA is Secretary […]

HRC grants to explore health frontiers – In the News

John Kerr posted in on May 12th, 2016.

Could fish eyes help solve a donor cornea shortage? Can we objectively tell how much sugar some one has been eating? Do e-cigarettes really help you quit smoking? The New Zealand Health Research (HRC) council is helping Kiwi researchers find answers to these questions through their latest HRC Emerging Researcher First Grants and HRC Feasibility […]

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, […]

MBIE funding for NZ science – In the News

John Kerr posted in on September 7th, 2015.

The Government has announced the recipients of the 2015 Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment funding round, injecting $96.5 million into innovative and exciting research projects over the next four years. Of a total 157 initial proposals, 48 research programmes were selected to be funded in the biological industries, energy and minerals, environment, hazards and […]

HRC funding for the health of New Zealand

John Kerr posted in on June 4th, 2015.

Female infertility, better housing and kicking the smoking habit are just some of the health issues to be tackled by new projects supported by the Health Research Council. This week the Health Research Council (HRC) announced the recipients for its latest funding round, awarding grants to dozens of projects to be undertaken in universities, research institutes and […]

Patience a virtue in research – Idealog

John Kerr posted in on July 3rd, 2014.

Writing for Idealog, Profs John Boys and Grant Covic from the University of Auckland discuss their commercialised energy transfer research which earned them the 2013 Prime Minister’s Science Prize. An excerpt (read in full here): In scientific research, patience is a virtue Professors John Boys and Grant Covic pioneered work in inductive power transfer tech. They […]

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 […]

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