Innovation Fund 2020

Blue economy is comprised of marine activities that generate economic value and contribute positively to social, cultural and ecological well-being

OPEN: We invite applicants to submit EoIs for research projects that will contribute directly to building a ‘blue economy’ in Aotearoa New Zealand. The closing date for the submissions is 12 noon, Monday 18 May 2020.

Sustainable Seas defines blue economy as being comprised of marine activities that generate economic value and contribute positively to social, cultural and ecological well-being.

Detailed information and criteria are specified in the request for proposals (RFP) document.

How to submit an EoI

EoIs must be submitted via this online form. Late submissions will not be accepted.

Process and timeline

  • 18 May 2020, 12 noon  Submit EoI via the online form. This will be evaluated by a specialist panel and the Challenge Leadership Team (CLT).
  • mid June 2020  Successful parties invited to submit detailed project proposals, with feedback from specialist panels and CLT.
  • 31 July 2020  Full project proposals due.
  • October 2020  Successful project proposals notified.

All EoIs will be held confidential and destroyed if not invited to submit a full proposal.

Got questions?

If you are interested in applying for our Innovation Fund but have questions about the RFP then join Nick Lewis (Theme Lead – Blue Economy) and Martin de Beer (Engagement Facilitator – Business) for a live webinar Q&A to find out more.

We welcome questions in advance; please email them to sustainableseasNC@niwa.co.nz

Scope

Projects are sought across the full range of blue economy activities, including – but not limited to – areas of interest highlighted by recent workshops and the Transitioning to a blue economy. These areas are listed in the RFP, but it is not exhaustive and other innovative ideas are encouraged. No specific weighting will be accredited to these topics over and above other innovative proposals.

Applicants that wish to discuss the scope of the project ahead of submitting an EoI should contact Julie Hall, Challenge Director, 027 595 2369.

Out of scope – Research that aims to identify, quantify or map economic marine resources; research that repeats research conducted in other areas; and education and outreach activities.

Project duration and value

  • Funding available  $2m (excl GST)
  • Maximum project value  $250,000 (total) – Expectation is that successful proposals will vary from $50–250k
  • Project duration  Up to 2 years
  • Eligibility  NZ-based researchers, industry, stakeholders, and Māori – Full proposals will require successful applicants to develop partnerships between researchers and Māori/stakeholders (these need to be signalled in the EoI)

Request for proposals (RFP) document

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Innovation Fund is open for blue economy initiatives

We invite NZ-based researchers, industry, stakeholders and Māori to submit expressions of Interest (EoIs) for research projects that will contribute directly to building a ‘blue economy’ in Aotearoa.