Aligned Research

  • Zealandia from the air. Image - Rob Suisted

    Identifying aligned research helps to start conversations about research priorities and gaps as we strive to save Aotearoa New Zealand's environment. Image: Rob Suisted

Each year our 18 Challenge Parties provide information on research within their organisation that they identify as being aligned to the intent of the BioHeritage Challenge.

In addition to research being directed by BioHeritage, in the three years to 2018 the parties identified almost $180m of research that align with the Challenge mission.

The aim of analysing the amount of aligned research was to start conversations about research priorities and gaps. This enables BioHeritage to more clearly direct and reshape Challenge investment in our 18 Challenge Parties to explicitly target those gaps and priorities to deliver impacts.

Kiwi Rescue is one example of a project that has aligned its research with the BioHeritage Challenge. 

Visualising the aligned research landscape

In 2015/2016, we completed an in-depth analysis of research aligned with the Challenge in order to visualise the data.

This enabled us to see relative project size and the degree of fragmentation in topic areas and funding sources.

Figure 1. Radial Diagram of Funding Sources 2015/16 (click to enlarge)

Aligned Funding 'Tree' 2015/16

Figure 2. Funding Flows 2015/16 (click to enlarge)

Aligned Funding Flows 2015/16

Topic areas: a whole-of-Challenge perspective

The diagram below illustrates the broad topic areas that the BioHeritage Challenge invests in.

The size of the circles represents the total funding amount for a particular programme, demonstrating the degree of fragmentation within each theme.

Please note: these topics are mutually exclusive. As an hypothetical example, research with a primary focus on data analysis and modelling was themed into that topic area, even if the data in question were ecological data.

Figure 3. Topic areas: whole-of-Challenge perspective (click to enlarge)

Topic Areas: Whole-of-Challenge Perspective

Why get involved with the Challenge?

Reasons for aligning with the challenge at an institutional and individual level including: collaboration, integration across disciplines, public…