Expressions of interest called for Catalyst Fund reviewers

The Royal Society Te Apārangi is calling for Expressions of Interest (EOI) from experienced individuals wishing to assist with the assessment of proposals submitted to Catalyst: Leaders and Catalyst: Seeding.

Reviewers assist in the evaluation of proposals across all disciplines, and are required to have experience in one or more of the following categories:

  • a high level of professional expertise in a relevant field of science, technology or the humanities, and accompanying capacity to assess applications from a broad variety of research disciplines
  • understanding the key attributes that underpin high-performing international research collaborations
  • understanding the Government’s strategic priorities for New Zealand research.

The Catalyst Fund was established to support activities that initiate, develop and foster collaborations leveraging international science and innovation for New Zealand’s benefit.

It has four funding streams:

  • Catalyst: Influence
  • Catalyst: Leaders
  • Catalyst: Seeding
  • Catalyst: Strategic

Some  fund programmes are administered by the Health Research Council and the Royal Society of New Zealand on behalf of the Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment.

Prospective reviewers for the programmes administered by the Royal Society of New Zealand are asked to complete the brief Expression of Interest Form available online and submit to the Society along with their  CVs.

EOIs must be received no later than 5pm, Thursday 29 March 2018 to be considered in support of the current funding round.

The Society says it aims to ensure that each reviewer will review a maximum of 25 proposals, and that the review activity will not take more than one day.

More information on the Catalyst Fund Reviewer EOI can be found here. 

For submissions, related queries or further information, the Royal Society Te Apārangi Research Funding (International) team can be contacted at

 Source: Royal Society Te Apārangi


Myrtle rust is on the agenda for new NZ-Aust research collaboration

The Government is committing $4.46 million for three new New Zealand-Australia research projects aimed at delivering wide-ranging benefits to New Zealand, Science and Innovation Minister Paul Goldsmith says.

The funding of the partnerships through the Catalyst Fund, which supports international research partnerships and scientific cooperation, reinforces the Government’s support for collaboration across the Tasman through the New Zealand – Australia Science, Research and Innovation Cooperation Agreement, signed in February 2017.

One of the successful projects involves the New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research in collaboration with the New South Wales Department of Primary Industries. It will undertake research on key New Zealand plant species’ susceptibility to Myrtle Rust.

The other projects are:

* The University of Auckland in collaboration with Murdoch Children’s Research Institute will investigate links between genes, environment, molecular physiology and health through early- and mid-life to improve the health of our children.

* Massey University in collaboration with CSIRO will explore turning metal-organic frameworks into disruptive technologies and applications including new catalysts for eliminating nitrous oxide greenhouse gas emissions.

“These projects reflect the fact that Australia and New Zealand face many of the same issues and opportunities that can be addressed through high-quality complementary research,” says Mr Goldsmith.

“In particular, the research into Myrtle Rust will be important for our ongoing efforts to control the spread of the disease, and manage its impacts on native species such as Manuka, with its importance to the honey industry.

International partnerships are fundamental for New Zealand’s science and innovation system because they bring new knowledge, ideas, people, technology and investment into our system, he said.

More information on the successful Catalyst Fund projects can be found HERE, and the New Zealand – Australia Science, Research and Innovation Cooperation Agreement can be found HERE.

Massey-hosted food safety partnership awarded $1.25M

Here’s more news about how the Government is dishing out its science money.

First, another media statement from Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce. This time he has announced the successful applicants to host three New Zealand-China Research Collaboration Centres, supported through New Zealand’s Catalyst Fund for international science collaboration.

The successful applicants are:

  • Massey University, hosting the New Zealand-China Food Protection Network – a Collaborative Centre for Food Safety and Security;
  • Lincoln University, hosting the New Zealand-China Water Research Centre;
  • The University of Otago, hosting the New Zealand-China Non-Communicable Diseases Collaboration Centre.

Second, Massey University put out a statement to expand on the Minister’s news.

The New Zealand-China Food Protection Network, which involves nine New Zealand research organisations, has been awarded $1.25 million in funding.

The network will work alongside the recently announced New Zealand Food Safety Science and Research Centre, hosted by Massey University and established in response to a key recommendation from the Government Inquiry into the Whey Protein Concentrate Contamination Incident.

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