Phase II research - timetable

Wave on beach on Wellington South Coast. Credit: Dave Allen

We are currently co-developing research projects to support delivery of our Phase II Strategy. We have $39.8 million for the second 5-year phase of Sustainable Seas (2019-2024). 

Our call for expressions of interest (EOIs) to deliver the Sustainable Seas Phase II Strategy saw a great response, with more than 160 EOIs submitted by researchers representing Universities, Crown Research Institutes and independent research organisations.

Planning workshops for Phase II were held in Wellington in January and February 2019. Researchers, stakeholders and Māori partners came together to discuss and co-develop their research in five main areas:

  • Tangaroa research programme
  • Theme 1: Understanding degradation and recovery in socio-ecological systems
  • Theme 2: Creating value from a blue economy
  • Theme 3: Addressing risk and uncertainty
  • Theme 4: Enhancing ecosystem-based management practices

View the Core research project portfolio for Phase II (2019-2024).

Timeline for developing project proposals

Late Feb 2019 – The Challenge Leadership Team prepared a portfolio of research projects to best address the Challenge Objective.

March 2019 – Two-page summaries for each project in the portfolio were circulated to all workshop participants for input and comment.

Thank you to the many people and organisations who took the time to review and comment on the draft portfolio of core Phase II research projects, we were pleased to get such a high level of engagement. We are carefully considering, and incorporating where appropriate, the significant amount of constructive feedback received.

Please note that as a result, the timeline for the next stages of the development process has been amended:

April 2019 – The Independent Science Panel, Stakeholder Panel and Kāhui Māori reviewed the research portfolio.

5 June 2019 – The revised portfolio was considered by the Governance Group.

June 2019 – Potential Phase II Project Leaders were approached, and best teams developed.

Late June 2019 – The portfolio of core research projects was released.

Late July 2019 – Co-development of project proposals began.

Ongoing – Project research proposals are in co-development with stakeholders and Māori partners with multiple submission deadlines. Independent reviews are being done by stakeholder and Māori end-users, scientific peers, as well as our  Independent Science Panel, Kāhui, Stakeholder Panel and Challenge Leadership Team. Recommendations are then put forward to the Governance Group for consideration and approval. 


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