Funding can be used by the community groups and science & technology professionals to plan together and progress their research ideas.
There are two types of funding available:
Seed Funding can be used to help further develop the community group, and connect it with scientists/technologists to help shape the most appropriate research question(s) and scientific design. Each Seed Funding project can be up to $2,000 (excl. GST). Seed Funding can be applied for at any time.
Project Funding can be used to undertake the research project, including data collection and analysis, as well as the implementation and sharing of the new knowledge within the community. Project Funding proposals can be for up to $20,000 (excl. GST).
Approximately $180,000 of Project Funding was made available for investment in 2017 via the most recent call for proposals (Round 5). Round 5 has now closed. Round 6 call for proposals and funding details have yet to be confirmed.
Funding can be used to cover costs associated with travel, meetings and liaison, as well as research tools, consumables and related expenses not reasonably available to the project partners.
Funding may be used to substantially enhance an existing or ongoing research project, so long as the project meets the above mentioned criteria – i.e., has strong local relevance and support. In these instances, community partners must be fully integrated into the research project, including becoming engaged in guiding the research questions, collecting the data and disseminating the results.
Otago Science Into Action is offering two types of funding support initially: