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Have your say about MBIE’s RSI strategy

The Government is developing a Research, Science and Innovation (RSI) Strategy that sets out their vision for RSI in Aotearoa New Zealand and its role in delivering a productive, sustainable, and inclusive future.

The draft strategy has recently been released for public consultation (available here) and MBIE are keen to hear the views of New Zealanders so they can get a better understanding of what our country needs from RSI.

These views will inform the direction of Government investment in RSI and the research and innovation areas for the team to focus on as a country, as well as help them understand the challenges they need to overcome.

MBIE are hosting a public presentation/discussion session on the draft Strategy on Thursday 10 October,  3 – 4.00 pm at UC’s John Britten Foyer.  

They welcome anyone with an interest to come along to hear more about the Strategy, and share their thoughts. Please register here if you would like to attend.

MBIE are taking feedback on the draft strategy via written submissions, and encourage you to make a submission through the template form available here. The closing date for submissions is 10 November 2019.

NASA internships now open to New Zealand students

Under a new agreement between NASA and the Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), tertiary students can now apply for internships with the space administration.

Scholarships will be available for up to four successful Aotearoa New Zealand students for NASA’s June 2019 intake, courtesy of the New Zealand Space Agency. Costs associated with the internship including travel, living costs and NASA’s administrative fees will be covered under the scholarship.

The successful students will attend the Ames Centre base for a 10-16 week internship in Silicon Valley. Under the guidance of a NASA mentor, they will also have the opportunity to build a network of contacts both within the space administration, the US and the pool of other international students taking part in the programme. 

This opportunity is for high-achieving Aotearoa New Zealand students to work with experts in space-related fields and have access to some of the world’s most advanced research facilities.

The scholarship aims to support Aotearoa New Zealand’s students studying space-related activities and will give our future innovators, entrepreneurs and scientists a head-start in their careers by enabling them to develop technical skills at a world-leading space agency. 

The internship will give students access to international professional networks and develop their understanding of the global space economy. 

The application process is two-phased with candidates first being selected by the New Zealand Space Agency.

Following selection by MBIE, local  finalists will be recommended to NASA who will then choose their overall finalists from the broader pool of 12 other countries.

Applications will be open from mid-September and close mid-October. 

For more, see www.mbie.govt.nz/nasa

Final call for MBIE Research Programmes

Hurry – Submit your research programme proposals for MBIE 2017 Endeavour Contestable Investment Round

Because of the need to ensure there is time available to engage with Māori and identify/consolidate relationships with end users and stakeholders etc., the University of Canterbury has been working on a 6-month planning cycle for the preparation of the 3-5 year Research Programmes.

If you wish to submit a 2017 Research Programme and have not already started working with R&I on your proposal you must advise Heather Thomas and provide, by Tuesday 13 December, a one-page Expression of Interest 

Research Programme Timeline
NovemberIdentify science question.
Identify & engage with industry partners, end-users/stakeholders.
Meet with Nigel Harris (Māori Research Kaiārahi) regarding engagement with MāoriIdentify scale/breadth of benefits to NZ.
Identify pathway to market, Freedom to Operate etc.
DecemberTues 13Final deadline to confirm intent to submit RP and provide Heather Thomas with one page Expression of Interest.
DecemberConfirm science and science team.
Prepare Title, Abstract, Keywords, Team,  ANZSRC Codes for Registration
January Confirm Title, Abstract, Keywords, Team,  ANZSRC codes
2nd/3rd weekPresentation of RP to panel
Wed 25 12 noonUC RP Registration Deadline Title, Abstract, Keywords, Team,  ANZSRC codes
FebruaryWeekly meetings with proposal leaders to confirm science and science team.
Confirm engagement with Māori, industry partners, end-users/stakeholders.
Confirm budget.Collate CVs for all named team members.
MarchFinalise proposal including UC signoff
Thurs 9UC Final RP Full Proposal On MBIE Portal

Please refer to the R&I intranet page for further information and documents.

If you have any questions about the MBIE Endeavour funding round please contact Heather Thomas at heather.thomas@canterbury.ac.nz or extn 7784.