Funding opportunities


Climate Modelling

The delivery of projections of New Zealand’s future climate is core to the Deep South Challenge. We make these projections through a series of linked models: the NZ Earth System Model (NZESM), the NZ Regional Climate Model, and hydrological modelling. To understand climate extremes and how they may change, we use large ensembles of climate models (for example, through the Weather@Home framework).

The Deep South Challenge has allocated $4,140,000 (ex GST) over a three-year period (July 1, 2019 – June, 30 2022) to continue delivering our core climate modelling needs. We are specifically seeking proposals to collectively address the following research topics:

  • Production of climate projections for New Zealand using the NZESM
  • Research to continue the development of the NZESM
  • Projections of the impact of climate change on New Zealand’s hydrological cycle
  • Large ensemble modelling to understand changes in climate extremes


Observations for Model Development

In Phase 1, the Deep South Challenge enabled the collection of significant observational datasets, to support both a greater understanding of climate processes and the integration of these understandings into the NZESM. We will now support further research which takes advantage of these datasets, and others collected by international research programmes (for example, satellite datasets). Research funded out of this RfP will increase our understanding of climate processes and support the development of the NZESM.

The Deep South Challenge has allocated $600,000 (ex GST) to fund two to three projects, for a one-year period, from July 1, 2019. We expect these projects will build on Phase 1 research, in the following areas:

  • Sea ice
  • Clouds and aerosols
  • Ocean processes


Application Pack

Download the full RfP document below, as well as the four proposal documents in the application pack. Please complete all documents and return by email to Lucy Jacob, no later than Friday, March 15, 2019.





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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