SfTI Director's Christmas message ..
Looking back over 2017, I'm delighted with the progress the Challenge has made. Here's a few of my personal highlights:
How much is the project funded for and for how long?
The SfTI Board has approved funding of $2m ex-GST between 1 July 2017 and 30 June 2019.
How does the planned research and outcomes align with the Science for Technological Innovation (SfTI) National Science Challenge?
Two new technological projects aimed at selling New Zealand innovation locally and overseas have been funded by the Science for Technological Innovation (SfTI) National Science Challenge Board.
The SfTI Challenge includes five Portfolios that relate to industry sectors to which we apply our research.
Each Portfolio contains Spearheads, which are usually large, annually reviewed, multi-year projects. Current Portfolios include:
Timeframes were tight , but in eight days in early June SfTI successfully staged four Spearhead workshops in two centres.
The SfTI board met for its quarterly meeting at SCION in Rotorua on 26 June, with the major decision of the day signing off both an increased number of SEED projects for 2017 and an increase in the funding pot.
Many of us in the innovation system have been hearing this ‘additionality’ word a lot recently. For some it’s an odd term they have never heard before and, relative to many words, it is a youngster. It apparently first surfaced in the 1950s as a concept in economics.
Green lights for rat brains, forests, and wombs-with-a-view: Science for Technological Innovation challenge announces increased number of SEED fund winners