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 the Sustainable Seas Phase II Strategy. We have $39.8 million for the second five-year phase of the Challenge (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

Next steps

Late Feb 2019 – The Science Leadership Team prepares a portfolio of research projects that will best address the Challenge Objective in the Phase II Strategy.

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

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

Early May 2019 –The research portfolio is submitted to the Governance Group for approval.

May 2019 – Project leaders will be identified and asked to select the best teams to undertake the research. The research team composition will be reviewed and, once approved by the Science Leadership Team, full proposals will be requested.

Early July 2019 – Deadline for submission of full research proposals.

July 2019 – Peer review of full research proposals, and recommendations made to the Governance Group.

Late August 2019 – Funding decisions to be advised. 

Please get in touch via with any questions about this process.

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