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NPM Seeding and Scoping - Request For Proposals

Grant Status: 
Opening and Closing Dates: 
Friday, September 1, 2017 - 09:00 to Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 17:00


Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga (NPM) is seeking to develop, seed and scope new research that falls within its research themes. We are looking for projects that can contribute to our outcomes and vision, by providing a small contestable fund that will initiate excellent research that has transformative potential. 

We are seeking proposals that support research collaborations between our extensive inter-institutional network of Māori researchers and partners to achieve our collective aspirations. In doing so, we expect projects to be innovative, inspiring, and lead to impact. 

Please download and read the NPM Request for Proposals - Seed and Scoping Projects document below for full and further details.

Overall Goals 

Transformation Through Indigenous Research Excellence 

Ko te Māori e arataki ana i a Aotearoa ki te ao kei mua.

Ko ā mātau mahi rangahau he whakaea i nga wawata o te iwi Māori kia whai wāhi nui ai ia i roto i ngā whakaritenga mō te whenua katoa, he whakapiki ake i te hiranga o ngā wānangatanga ā te Iwi Taketake, ā, he hura rongoā mō ngā wero nui kei mua i te aroaro o te tangata i konei, i te ao whānui hoki.

- Māori leading New Zealand into the future.

Our research realises Māori aspirations for positive engagement in national life, enhances our excellence in Indigenous scholarship and provides solutions to major challenges facing humanity in local and global settings.

Excellent Research Producing Strategic Outcomes 

Our mission is to deliver excellent research that produces strategic outcomes in our interwoven research themes of Whai Rawa (Māori Economies), Te Tai Ao (Natural Environment), and Mauri Ora (Human Flourishing), along with our programme of Te Reo me Ngā Tikanga Māori (Māori Language and Protocols), to contribute to Māori development.

Within a total investment of $480,000 two categories of projects are available:

  • Kia Tō Kia Tipu; Seeding Excellence – up to $25,000 for no more than one year duration. To seed development, inform research through literature, engagement and collaboration.
  • Kia Ārohi Kia Mārama; Scoping Excellence – up to $60,000 for no more than one year duration. To scope a research project, pilot, investigate approaches, methods, needs and requirements.

Application Process

All applications for this investment and contestable round must be submitted using the Seeding and Scoping New Research Application Form  (NPMSER-2017) and the Budget Workbook Template (‘NPM-BudgetWorksheets_Seed&Scope 2017’).  Both of these templates can be downloaded here.

Applications close on October 25, 2017.

Please note:

1. While we are asking for a research proposal, this is a seeding and scoping project and plan. You do need to be clear of the research idea its foundations and also its potential as a larger project or programme.

2. Multi-organisational or cross-institutional collaboration and leadership on projects is encouraged.

3. All applications will be peer-assessed by the NPM Research Committee to ensure NPM’s requirements for excellence are clear and achieved. 

4. Projects can range from 6 to 12 months’ duration and the budget must total no more than $60,000 excluding GST.

5. Font and size should be Arial 12pt.

6. The Budget Workbook Template ‘NPM-BudgetWorksheets_Seed&Scope 2017’ must be completed and submitted along with this application form.

Downloads - RFP, Application Form and Budget Template