Why get involved with the Challenge?

  • Planting day at Aldinga Reserve. Memorial totara for Tony Whitaker. Image - Grant Norbury

    Planting day at Aldinga Reserve. Memorial totara for Tony Whitaker. Image - Grant Norbury

  • Field training, Southland. Image - Keven Drew

    Field training, Southland. Image - Keven Drew

  • Lunch. Malcom McLeod

    Lunch. Malcom McLeod

Institutional level

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 – funding 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

Multidisciplinary research – encouraging researchers to collaborate in new areas

Public engagement – the NZ 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.

Individual level

Increase science impact – thought high-impact publications, workshops

Increase impact for NZ – 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