How NZARI works

NZARI has been developed to build a more visible and valued National Antarctic Research programme. We do this in the following ways:

  • By bringing new money into the Antarctic Research sector
  • By helping to grow the linked up research effort so that research teams can address more challenging scientific questions
  • By building a science outcome/science question focused research effort, not a logistically constrained effort
  • By working in partnership with research organisations to facilitate the development of core scientific questions

What we are looking at is a new way of working so that the science is not constrained by what we think we can achieve with existing support but what the science questions demand.

The basic construct of NZARI is that it is run by a director who reports to a trust board. Peer review of our effort is handled through an International Science Panel. Antarctica New Zealand assists with administrative requirements.

How does NZARI work with Researchers and Research organisations to achieve its goals?

We run a diverse programme with a number of different opportunities and coordinate with Antarctica New Zealand to deliver these:

  • We use scientific meetings and think tanks to develop the science questions and focus the research effort. We run these much like Gordon Conferences in the US by putting out a call for participation. Applicants are asked to outline their interest in participating and NZARI funds the costs of participation.
  • We also collaborate with different research providers to help develop research programmes and align our goals and efforts.
  • We run an annual bidding round for defined research projects (~$100k for 1-2 years, plus logistic support, if required). Pprojects need to be focused on achieving NZARI goals. We focus on the NZARI science questions developed by the science meetings and think tanks. Applicants should expect the questions to evolve from year to year as our science effort develops. We always have a category that is open for applications seeking support to develop new and innovative ideas. We ask that bids are collaborative and that bids outline matching support.
  • We have developed a more collaborative approach for supporting larger programmes (~$500k for a number of years) by tender. The call for tenders is based on outputs from workshops and think tank meetings.
  • We support individual scientists to participate in international programmes.
  • We also support Post Doctoral researchers.

There are additional science opportunities that rest with Antarctica NZ – Marsden Project Support, Research requirements to support government treaty commitments, Long-term monitoring programmes, postgraduate scholarships and other one off strategic opportunities.


Gary Wilson, Director NZARI (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)