How NZARI works

NZARI has been developed to build a more visible and valued National Antarctic Research programme. We plan to 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 will assist with administrative requirements.

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

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

  • We will use scientific meetings and think tanks to develop the science questions and focus the research effort. We will run these much like Gordon Conferences in the US we will put out a call for participation. Applicants will be asked to outline their interest in participating. NZARI will fund the costs of participation.
  • We will also collaborate with different research providers to help develop research programmes and align our goals and efforts.
  • We will run an annual bidding round for defined research projects (~$100k for 1-2 years, plus logistic support, if required). We’re working on the application process but projects will need to be focused on achieving NZARI goals. We will 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 will always have a category that is open for applications seeking support to develop new and innovative ideas. We will likely ask that bids are from more than one institution, that they include a clear student/postdoc opportunity and that bids outline matching support.
  • We will develop a more collaborative approach for supporting larger programmes (~$500k for a number of years). We’re likely to work on developing these over a year or so and one at a time. We’ll develop these from the workshops and think tank meetings.
  • We will support individual scientists to participate in international programmes. Again, we’re working on the application process.
  • We will also support Post Doctoral researchers. And, again we’re working on an application process.
  • We're also developing a science communication plan that aids our goals and needs and support our researchers.

There are additional science opportunities that will still rest with Antarctica NZ – Marsden Project Support, Research requirements to support government treaty commitments, Long-term monitoring programmes 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.)
28 November 2012