Funding opportunities

Research funding now available for Domains Research (Māori, Communities, Infrastructure, National Economy)


We're now seeking funding proposals for our Domains Research. We’re looking to fund research that will enable climate-sensitive sectors - hapū and iwi, business, and local and central government - to adapt to climate change.

Funding proposals are due 8 November 2019 with an expected start date of 1 April 2020.

We invite proposals to a) the Māori Domain, and b) the three domains of Communities, Infrastructure and the National Economy.

Please find the forms you need below.


Māori Domain

We are looking for research projects that will contribute substantive and transformative outcomes for Māori and for wider Aotearoa New Zealand. These must fit within the Challenge’s mission, to enable New Zealanders to anticipate adapt, manage risk, and thrive in a changing climate.

Please find all the documentation you need to submit a research proposal here:



Communities, Infrastructure and National Economy Domains

We are calling for research that focuses on: making and improving projections of New Zealand’s future climate; the impacts and implications of climate change for Aotearoa New Zealand; and enabling adaptation to climate change.

Research proposals should address the research themes of multiple impacts, effective adaptation, water and land and the economy.

Please find all the documentation you need to submit a research proposal here:



Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

We anticipate that researchers may have similar questions about research scope, engagement requirements or the process for completing a research proposal.

Please check out this section of our website for FAQs. We’ll keep them updated.

If your question is not answered, please email Challenge Manager Anne-Marie Rowe. She will answer you directly and we will post anonymised answers to this web page as well.




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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