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Grants for initiatives to boost gender equity and equality

Further to my recent post on ACU membership benefits, this is a heads up that ACU offers an annual grant to member universities to support initiatives that will boost gender equity and equality.

They say…. “The grants can be used for a diverse range of projects, workshops, and events in areas such as:

  • Supporting women in leadership
  • Raising awareness of sexual harassment and developing anti-sexual harassment initiatives
  • Supporting women in science and research
  • Creating effective institutional policies
  • Mainstreaming gender equity into the curriculum.”

Keep an eye on their site for the opening date.

Karen Mather, Organisational Development Manager, Human Resources

Education New Zealand calls for applications to NZ-Brazil research fund

A new research fund has been set up to enable established New Zealand university academics to collaborate with Brazilian researchers.

Researchers from any field of knowledge are eligible to apply. The first year of the agreement will act as a pilot.

Successful applicants will develop and conduct their projects in partnership with Brazilian researchers. Researchers will also be funded to travel between countries to undertake their project.

This announcement builds on an agreement with Universities New Zealand (UNZ) in November 2016. UNZ Chief Executive Chris Whelan welcomes the initiative:

This is a great opportunity for New Zealand PhD students and academics – and for their Brazilian counterparts – to identify areas of mutual interest to progress research collaborations for the benefit of both countries,” he says. “This agreement builds on years of relationship-building to enhance cooperation, enable academic mobility and encourage the exchange of knowledge between participating higher education institutions.

ENZ Chief Executive Grant McPherson says the funding collaboration will create opportunities for New Zealand researchers that did not exist before.

South America is a key market for New Zealand – particularly in relation to outbound academic mobility. This new funding collaboration showcases ENZ’s commitment to creating new pathways for New Zealand institutions with South America.”

The panel of judges responsible for allocating the funding will be made up of representatives from across New Zealand government including the MFAT and MBIE.

For more information, guidelines and the application form, read more>

Applications for funding are open now and close on 27 January 2020.

Aotearoa New Zealand Three Rs award research grant extended until 14 April 2019

In July 2018, the National Animal Ethics Advisory Committee (NAEAC) launched 2 biennial awards to celebrate achievement in the development and implementation of the Three Rs. 

The Three Rs are considered the guiding principles for animal research, testing, and teaching. They are:

REPLACEMENT – Replacing animals with non-animal alternatives.

REDUCTION – Using as few animals as necessary.

REFINEMENT – The way experiments are carried out should be refined to reduce pain or suffering as much as possible, for example, by using painkillers, or the most advanced scientific methods.

Applications for the Aotearoa New Zealand John Schofield Three Rs implementation award closed on 5 October 2018.  However, the deadline for grant has been extended.

On offer (to an individual, group or institution within New Zealand) is a $50,000 research grant, which will provide funding for research specifically targeted at developing ways to replace, reduce, or refine the use of animals in research, testing, and teaching.

Applications for the Aotearoa New Zealand John Schofield Three Rs implementation close on 14 April 2019. 

To apply, visit the MPI website

New – Innovation Jumpstart 2018 – Opens Monday 21 May

Innovation Jumpstart gives UC academic staff a chance to transform their innovative ideas into reality.  

Any UC academic staff member can apply with their idea or invention that may have a potential market application.

The competition is opening on Monday 21 May 2018 for applications. 

Innovation Jumpstart competition is an extension of the successful Tech Jumpstart competition held in previous years with ideas considered from any University research area.

Winning projects will each receive $20,000 funding to help with experimentation, proof-of concept or technology development.

Entries will be judged by a panel of entrepreneurs and UC staff with a track record of innovation.Find inspirational links from the former Tech Jumpstart competition below. 

KiwiNet is supporting the competition again this year and WNT Ventures and Astrolab are each offering an additional special prize of incubation services alongside the main cash prizes for the projects that show the most commercial promise.

Applications close 6pm, Friday 10 August 2018. The application form and further information is available here:>

For queries contact Pam Glover in Research & Innovation or email: innovation-jumpstart@canterbury.ac.nz

Check out these links for inspiration:

But remember, the  competition has extended to innovation rather than Tech.

New nitrate detection tech could save waterways>

UC biotechnologist creates new biodegradable coating to protect crops>

UC engineers develop in-situ damage detection for building steel>

UC scientists design award-winning laser sensor for nitrates in water and soil>

Apply now for 2018 D’Arcy Writers’ Grants

Applications for the 2018 D’Arcy Writers’ Grants, in association with North & South magazine, for essays of 10,000 to 12,000 words on Aotearoa New Zealand life and culture will close on Friday, October 13. The grants provide $5,000 each for two successful applicants and the winning essays will be published in special sections of North & South magazine.

Applications should be sent in Word format to journo@clear.net.nz. They must include a reasonably well developed synopsis of the proposed essay, plus a full biographical note, including references to, and some examples of, previously published work.

The successful applicants will be announced on Monday, November 10. The judging panel will be writer Gordon McLauchlan (chair); Virginia Larson, editor of North & South; Jackie Dennis, of Script to Screen; writer Hamish Keith; writer Bruce Ansley; and NZSA (PEN NZ Inc) CEO Jenny Nagle.

The winning essayists will, of course, retain copyright and moral rights for the work but the Committee will hold the publishing right.

Any inquiries should also be sent to journo@clear.net.nz.