Pae Tawhiti Grants

Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga is pleased to announce the release of the Request for Proposal for its Pae Tawhiti Grants. Two Grants will run in parallel and the areas of study are Te Reo Māori and Māori Economic Development and will commence in the middle of 2010.

The grants are each worth $500k per annum over three years and will contain at least two integrated yet discrete research projects.

The Pae Tawhiti Grants are different to our normal investigator driven project research grants and are additional to the usual funding processes of NPM. The use of the term Pae Tawhiti gives each grant a distinctive Māori positioning and expects the use of Māori methodologies and research approaches. The grants are each worth $500k per annum over three years and will contain at least two integrated yet discrete research projects.

The Expression of Interest stage of the Grants recently closed. As expected, the quality of the expressions of interest received for both grants was extremely high and both Advisory Panels had robust debate and deliberations prior to making their decisions. At the time of writing three applicants to the Reo Māori Grant have been asked to submit a full application and four applicants to the Māori Economic Development Grant have been asked to do likewise. These seven groups represent a wide range of researchers from various institutions and organisations and we await with interest their full proposals. As the grants are a new initiative for the Centre, Dr Brewin held a workshop on 3 December 2009 to provide support and guidance to the successful applicants in completing the full application forms.

The closing date for the full applications is 19 February for the Reo Māori Grant and 26 February 2010 for the Māori Economic Development Grant. Both Advisory Panels will meet in March 2010 to make their final recommendations to the newly appointed Director, Professor Charles Royal. It is envisaged that the Reo Māori Grant will commence in May 2010 and the Māori Economic Development Grant will commence in June 2010.