Funding opportunities

"Living with Uncertainty": Impacts & Implications Two-stage Funding Round (Dec 2020)

We are pleased to invite researchers to submit research ideas for a new funding round.

Our mission is to enable New Zealanders to anticipate, adapt, manage risk and thrive in a changing climate. To date, our comprehensive research suite has delivered strongly on the first part of our mission: “anticipating” the nature and magnitude of the challenges ahead, and the urgency with which action needs to be taken. 

We are now ready to look towards the second part of our mission statement. We are therefore announcing a new Impacts and Implications funding round, “Living with Uncertainty.”

We are looking to fund projects that:

  • Work with end users or stakeholders on implementing adaptation approaches, where possible utilising existing research, and/or
  • Develop or apply approaches to support decision making under uncertainty.

In this round, we do not expect to fund more research into the impacts of climate change.

We will assess research ideas to identify 4-6 potential projects. From these, we will develop an RfP and invite selected research teams to develop full research proposals, due in April. We expect successful projects to be contracted and begin between October 1 and December 1, 2021.

Please find below: a background document outlining the nature and process for this funding round; and a template document for researchers to use when submitting their research ideas.

We encourage you to share news of this opportunity with others in New Zealand’s research community. Please help us spread the word either kānohi ki te kānohi (face to face), in your newsletters, or through your organisation’s social media channels.


If you have any questions, please contact either:

Anita Wreford, Programme Leader, Impacts and Implications
[email protected] | (03) 423 0376

Mike Williams, Challenge Director
[email protected] | (04) 386 0389


Email your two-page research ideas (answering the attached template questions) to [email protected] by 12pm, February 19, 2021.



Observations for Model Development | RfP now open (November 2020)

The Deep South Challenge is seeking proposals for 3-year research projects on observations to support the development and improvement of core models the Challenge supports. 

This includes the New Zealand Earth System Model (NZESM), the New Zealand Regional Climate Model (RCM), and the New Zealand Water Model (NZWaM). The Challenge has allocated $2,200,000 (ex GST) for research to be undertaken over a three-year period (July 2021 to June 2024) and aims to fund two or three projects over this term.

This proposal call is open to research teams and their associates involved with preliminary research outlines submitted to the call for Expressions of Interest earlier in 2020.  The priority projects supporting the Challenge mission have been selected for this RfP by the Leadership Team following community consultation undertaken in the Deep South “Observations for Model Development” workshop held in June 2020. The selected projects have been refined through subsequent input from stakeholders and the Challenge Independent Science Review Panel to specifically address:

  • Precipitation distribution and orographic enhancement over New Zealand
  • Improving cloud representation to reduce modelled cloud-related radiation biases in the global Earth System Model
  • Snow and catchment processes for water resources management
  • Regional influences of upper ocean temperature and heat fluxes on New Zealand climate

For instructions on how to respond to this call please consult the RfP outline document included in the information pack. The first step involves the formation and engagement with a proposal team. The Challenge invites project teams to self-organise and appoint a project lead or co-leads who will assemble the research team and lead the proposal development. Project (co-)leads are asked to notify Mike Harvey (Programme Leader, Process and Observations) which topic they will be addressing.

The application pack includes:

  • the “Observations for Model Development” RFP document – (full instructions)
  • the application proposal form with CV template
  • the budget template to be used for costings
  • Rauika Māngai – a guide to Vision Mātauranga

Key dates:

20 Nov 2020: Confirmation of project leaders for the projects
3 Feb 2020: Submission deadline for proposals

Technical assistance with proposals can be sought from the Challenge Manager Anne-Marie Rowe.

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The Engagement Programme has funding available for engagement activities that will enable New Zealanders to make informed decisions about climate adaptation. There's a simple form to complete, but in the first instance please contact the following team members to discuss your idea: 


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