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Amendment to Criteria for Proposals for National Science Challenges Funding

Under section 8(1) of the Research, Science, and Technology Act 2010, I hereby amend the notice “Criteria for Proposals for National Science Challenges Funding” published in the Supplement to the New Zealand Gazette, 31 January 2014, No. 12, page 285, by inserting the following Schedule at the end of the notice:

Schedule 11:

Building Better Homes, Towns, and Cities: Ko ngā wā kāinga hei whakamāhorahora Challenge

1. Objective

1.1 This Challenge will improve the quality and supply of housing and create smart and attractive urban environments.

2. Funding

2.1 The Science Board may allocate no more than $47.910 million (excluding GST) for up to 10 years for the Building Better Homes, Towns, and Cities: Ko ngā wā kāinga hei whakamāhorahora Challenge and no more than $23.585 million (excluding GST) up to 30 June 2019.

3. Specific eligibility criteria

3.1 To be eligible for funding under this Challenge, the applicant must provide a proposal for research, science, and technology, or related activities that:

  1. addresses all or most of the themes in the table below; and
  2. is directed towards meeting the outcome statements in the table below.


Outcome statements

Improved housing stock

Houses are of better quality and are cost-effective

Meeting future demand for affordable housing

New, affordable housing is developed and located to match current and future demand of different demographic groups

Vibrant communities and cities for residents and businesses

Better current and future urban environments encourage economic activity and improve residents’ well-being

Uptake of innovation and productivity improvements

The building sector adopts innovation and techniques to improve productivity

Future land information systems

Better systems make for improved land-use decisions

3.2 If the applicant can better meet the Challenge objective with different theme(s) and/or outcome(s), it may in its proposal vary a theme or outcome providing that it gives reasons for such change. The Science Board will decide whether such change better enables the Challenge objective to be met.”

Dated at Wellington this 13th day of January 2015.

Hon STEVEN JOYCE, Minister of Science and Innovation.