Aligned Research Funding 2015/16

  • Stoat in beech forest. Image - Andrea Byrom

    Stoat in beech forest. Image - Andrea Byrom

  • Zealandia from the air. Image - Rob Suisted

    Zealandia from the air. 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 the Challenge, the parties identified almost $180m of research over the three years to 2018 that align with our mission.

The aim of analysing the amount of aligned research was to facilitate conversations about research priorities and gaps. This is because BioHeritage is at a stage where it can more clearly direct and reshape Challenge investment 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. 

Mapping the Aligned Research Landscape

We completed an in-depth analysis of research aligned with the Challenge in order to visualise the data in such a way as to show relative project size, degree of fragmentation in various topic areas, and funding sources. Whilst every effort was made to provide information that is as accurate as possible (including removal of duplicate information), the intent of this analysis was to facilitate conversations about research priorities and gaps amongst our Challenge Parties.

Identifying and leveraging synergies will help achieve the additionality sought by the Challenge. The information has also served the purpose of dispelling historical concerns about the Challenge ‘directing’ or ‘controlling’ research programmes, and instead has been a catalyst for additionality through better connections amongst Challenge Parties (and numerous stakeholders). To date, this analysis includes only FY16. We have completed a similar analysis for the FY17 data but the information has not yet been visualised in the same way as the diagrams below. That visualisation is work in progress for FY18.

Aligned Funding 'Tree' 2015/16

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

Aligned Funding Flows 2015/16

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

Topic Areas: Whole-of-Challenge Perspective

We broke the Challenge into several broad topic areas or themes. The diagram is fairly self explanatory. The size of the circles represents the total funding amount for a particular project or programme, demonstrating the degree of fragmentation in each theme. Note that these themes are mutually exclusive. As a 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.

Topic Areas: Whole-of-Challenge Perspective

Figure 3. Topic Areas: Whole-of-Challenge Perspective (click to enlarge)

Why get involved with the Challenge?

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