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Marsden Fund announcements

A broad range of research projects have received massive funding boosts.

fernHow do zoos and wildlife sanctuaries shape the way we think about sustainability?

Can we investigate the science behind the brain drain? And could we create an artificial super-sensitive nose?

Projects to investigate these questions- and many more national science projects- have been given major boosts after $53.5 million in new grants was awarded to 92 successful proposals over the next three years.

The results of the 2015 funding round of the Marsden Fund were announced in early November, by Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce. “The Marsden Fund invests in investigator-led research that seeks to generate new knowledge with long-term benefits for New Zealand,” he says.

“Marsden Fund grants are awarded to some of our most experienced researchers. The Fund continues to play an integral role in a high-performing science system focusing on excellence and impact, promoting New Zealand as a destination for top scientists and R&D investment.”

Proposals are assessed by individual panels of experts. Final recommendations for funding are made by the Marsden Fund Council, which is chaired by Professor Juliet Gerrard.

The Marsden Fund is administered by the Royal Society of New Zealand on behalf of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. 

View a list of all projects funded in the Marsden Fund.

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