Statement-of-support guidelines for MBIE Funding round

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To request a statement of support from the Biological Heritage National Science Challenge for the 2018 MBIE Endeavour and/or Smart Ideas Funding rounds, please e-mail a one page (maximum) summary of your proposal to:

We would request that the following information is included:

  • Project Title,
  • A list of Team Members/Key personnel,
  • Identification of which Vision Mātauranga classification, from the list below, most closely defines your project, along with the rationale that substantiates this position.
  • Information on how the proposal aligns with the Challenge Research Priorities and Outcomes.

Please note that the Challenge will only provide statements of support for work with a Vision mātauranga classification of 3 or more and shows alignment to our research priorities and outcomes.

Proposals will be reviewed by the Challenge Senior Leadership Group and if they meet the above criteria, a statement of support will be provided.

Vision Mātauranga Classification

Select the classification that most closely defines your project.

  1. Research with no specific Māori component: Science-based project with no mātauranga Māori (Māori knowledge) used. Māori are not associated with the research process (e.g. no on any research management/advisory/governance panels, it is not inclusive of Māori land or institutions, nor the subject of any component of the research). Work may be of general interest to Māori, though no more so than to any other end-users.
  2. Research specifically relevant to Māori: Science-based project of specific relevance to Māori as end-users. Māori are not typically involved in the research. Mātauranga Māori and values may be used in a minor way to guide the work and its relevance to Māori. Can include work that contributes to Māori aspirations and outcomes.
  3. Research involving Māori: Science-based project where mātauranga Māori (c. 20–50%) may be collected and incorporated in the project, but not central to the project. Research is specifically and directly relevant to Māori as end-users. Māori are involved in the design and/or undertaking of the research (e.g. as research participants; on management/advisory/governance panels; as co-producers, partners, co-funders). The work typically contributes to Māori (e.g. iwi/hapū, organisations) aspirations and outcomes.
  4. Māori-centred research: Māori led project, where a large amount of mātauranga Māori is used and understood (c. 50%+) and combined with science (e.g. through frameworks, models, methods, tools etc.). Kaupapa Māori research is a key focus of the project. Māori are primary end-users/supporters of the work. Research is typically collaborative or consultative, with direct input from Māori groups. Commonly a collaboration with Māori researchers or researchers under the guidance/mentoring of Māori. Typically contributes to Māori (e.g. iwi/hapū, organisations) aspirations and outcomes.
  5. Kaupapa Māori research: Mātauranga Māori (c. 80%+) I incorporated, used, and understood as a central focus of project and its findings. Research is grounded in “te ao Māori” (the Māori world view) and connected to Māori philosophies and principles. Research typically uses kaupapa Māori research methodologies. Reference for Kaupapa Māori: Smith LT 2012. Decolonizing methodologies: research and indigenous peoples. 2nd ed. London and New York. Zed Books. Tē reo Māori is often a central feature to this kaupapa or research activity, and key researchers have medium to high cultural fluency or knowledge of tikanga and reo. Generally led by a Māori researcher, however, non-indigenous researchers may carry out research under the guidance/mentoring of a Māori researcher. Māori participation (iwi/hapū/marae/individual) is high. The work contributes strongly to Māori (e.g. iwi/hapū, organisations) aspirations and outcomes and positively addresses Māori issues.