26 January 2017

Applications open for Deep South National Science Challenge

Ice build up

In 2013, the government announced 10 National Science Challenges which provide funding to New Zealand researchers to tackle some of the biggest science-based issues and opportunities facing New Zealand.

One of the challenges is the Deep South (Te Kōmata o Te Tonga) National Science Challenge. This Challenge aims to help New Zealanders to adapt, manage risk, and thrive in a changing climate. It brings together new research approaches to determine the impacts of a changing climate on our climate-sensitive economic sectors, infrastructure and natural resources to guide planning and policy. This is underpinned by improved knowledge and observations of climate processes in the Southern Ocean and Antarctica – our Deep South – and will include development of a world-class earth systems model to predict Aotearoa-New Zealand's climate.

There is a contestable fund associated with this Challenge and proposals are now being called for. Proposals must help deliver the overall mission and contribute to the success of the Challenge. The deadline for full proposals is 2 March.

Potential applicants are encouraged to contact the relevant Science Leadership Team member to discuss their proposal ideas during the development stage.

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