A huge thank you to everyone who expressed interest in joining our Stage 1 Scoping Groups and leadership positions as we start rolling out our new Strategy for Tranche 2 (2019 – 2024).
The response to our call for Expressions of Interest (EoI) in late 2018 was incredible – 232 people from 66 organisations sent in a total of 609 applications. Applicants spanned a wide range of backgrounds and skill-sets, and the overall standard was exceptionally high – making selection challenging.
All applicants should now have been notified of the outcome. If you haven’t heard from us, please email or phone (03) 321 9618.
The Scoping Groups will co-design our seven Strategic Outcomes (SOs) – large, cohesive, interconnected portfolios of collective effort that are designed to provide the pathways to impact. This essential groundwork will result in an Innovation Prospectus for each SO, including the development of an innovation pathway. Teams are also starting work on the surge investment for kauri dieback and myrtle rust.
For those of you who were unsuccessful, we want to re-iterate that this co-design phase is just the start of the process – you may well hear from members of the Scoping Groups or others in the Challenge as things progress. Missing out on being a part of a Stage 1 Scoping Group does not mean that you have missed out on being part of the Challenge. The terms of reference for the initial scoping work expect the teams to reach out, be inclusive, and build larger-scale collaborative investments by connecting with existing research teams. This is not a contestable process – which is a difficult transition for some who are used to a competitive funding model.
The Scoping Groups are being overseen by BioHeritage’s Governance Group and Senior Leadership Group (SLG), the latter of which will have seven new members to support development of the SOs until the end of the year.
No-one has tried a process like this in the New Zealand science system before and we’re incredibly excited about seeing what will be achieved. Check back here for updates as things evolve.
Building on the great progress made over the past five years, our new strategy sharpens the focus on three aspirational goals, or impact areas.
By working toward these Impacts – whakamana, tiaki, whakahou (empower, protect, restore) – our Challenge Parties and many other participants will:
- incentivise New Zealanders to take action to protect the landscapes in which we live, work, and play
- help develop a world-class biosecurity system
- ensure that Aotearoa New Zealand has resilient, thriving natural and production ecosystems.
We feel confident that together we will make great advances on a mission that’s so important for every New Zealander: to reverse the decline of Aotearoa’s biological heritage through a national partnership that delivers significant changes in research innovation, world-leading technologies, and community and sector action.