Why get involved with the Challenge?
High quality research & leadership – research direction of the Challenge led and supported by a strong team at both governance and management levels
Mission-led research – my organisation is seen as a research leader in areas of national importance
Media exposure – my organisation is included in media releases for relevant projects through the Challenge (and vice-versa); if leading Challenge Projects, possibility for project to be ‘pin-up project’ is an exciting prospect
Vision Mātauranga – strong links to and/or awareness of, Māori researchers and communities
Challenge Support Team – professional and efficient (e.g. sub-contracting templates etc.), communication & engagement support etc.
Excellent research – investment opportunities (directly via the Challenge envelope, or indirectly), high-impact publications, student (and sometimes postdoc) projects funded
Strengthening relationships – multiple organisations working together to deliver outcomes; improved opportunity to engage with end-users
Multi-disciplinary research – encouraging researchers to collaborate in new areas
Public engagement – the New Zealand public included in the science process with outcomes delivered in a manner understandable to all; encourages and creates opportunities for citizen scientists; ultimately increases public interest in scientific research
Stable science plan – involvement in a long-term, stable science plan, with opportunity for strategic positioning for longer-term funding aligned with the Challenge, or from the Challenge envelope
Knowledge exchange – supports capacity and capability building (i.e. sharing ideas, but perhaps also accessing infrastructure, datasets, expertise)
Incentivising investment in science – supporting Challenge efforts to influence extra investment in science whether from government or private sectors.
Increase science impact – thought high-impact publications, workshops
Increase impact for Aotearoa New Zealand – mission-led research
Be part of a collaboration – with particular appeal of cross-institutional teams of scientists and stakeholders working together to achieve outcomes
Integration – across disciplines
Resolve tricky issues that individual researchers may not be able to deal with – e.g. data stewardship, IP issues, appropriate avenues to work with Māori researchers and Māori communities
Access to databases and infrastructure in other organisations – ability to conduct fundamental research in addition to mission-led
Incentivising investment in science – supporting Challenge efforts to influence extra investment in science whether from government or private sectors
Make use of Challenge Intermediate Outcomes and research priorities – when bidding into funding rounds i.e. take advantage of leadership of the Challenge