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National List MP Chris Bishop has welcomed the opening of the third round of the Unlocking Curious Minds contestable science fund and is encouraging Hutt Valley research institutes, iwi, community groups, educational organisations, and businesses to apply for funding.  

“The Curious Minds fund supports innovative projects aimed at exciting and engaging young people, in particular those who have limited opportunities to get involved with science and technology.

“This fits perfectly with our vision of the Hutt as “Technology Valley”, where our young people are interested in and excited by STEMM subjects like science technology, engineering, mathematics and manufacturing.”

“Innovative projects like the Council’s ‘Hands on Hutt Science’, GNS Science’s ‘Action Planet’ (a hands-on approach to help youth with learning disabilities learn about Planet Earth), and ‘Sensors in schools’ (a project to measure air quality inside schools throughout the Hutt Valley) have all been funded in the past by the fund.

“If you are a Hutt educator, researcher, community group or business with a passion for helping kids into science and innovation, I strongly encourage you to apply for funding”, says Mr Bishop.

The fund was piloted in 2015 and 2016, which funded almost 100 projects through research organisations, iwi, community groups and educational organisations, and businesses around New Zealand. These projects have engaged an estimated 100,000 New Zealanders from all walks of life.    There are two levels of grants available: up to $30,000 for local projects, and up to $150,000 for regional or national projects.  

The Unlocking Curious Minds contestable fund is an initiative under A Nation of Curious Minds – He Whenua Hihiri i te Mahara, the Government’s strategic plan to encourage all New Zealanders to get engaged with science and technology.  

More information, including the Call for Proposals and all applications guidance, is available on the Curious Minds website

View information on the MBIE Unlocking Curious Minds contestable fund.  

Media contact: Chris Bishop: 021 852 661

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