MaD-IMM Seed Fund – Call 2

The MaD-IMM Seed Fund is inviting fresh, innovative applications for collaborative research projects in the areas of manufacturing and design

Applications for up to $30,000 should be submitted via email, to by noon on Thursday 30 November 2017. 

For more information about specific criteria, or to receive the Application Form, please call Claire Reyneke at 09- 903 4027 or email


Successful seed fund project applications must include researchers from the University of Auckland and at least one other institution (TEI and/or CRI) and:
  • Consider new manufacturing and design processes, digital/data methodologies, machines, and the organisational, commercial, societal and environmental impact of these in the NZ context
  • Have a multi-faculty project team, initially including researchers from the University of Auckland.
  • As an initial phase of the project, a search for appropriate collaborating partners within at least one other institution (TEI and/or CRI) is required – the University of Auckland MaD Team can assist with suitable contacts and introductions. A travel budget for this collaboration needs to be included
  • Industry organisations are also encouraged as partners in the project teams. Strong preference will be given to projects which involve local New Zealand collaborations
  • Result in both research outcomes and a solid foundation for applications for funding from external sources.

Applications for up to $30,000 should be submitted to the IMM Programme by noon on Thursday 30th November 2017 and for final approval by 8th December 2017. The project should commence in early 2018, and the maximum project duration is one year.  Evaluation will include assessment of all of the above factors, as well as the capacity of the team to perform the research proposed (best team approach).

Specific criteria are:

  • Potential value: Does the proposed project open up a significant opportunity or solve an important problem for NZ?
  • Strong alignment with the MaD strategy for NZ: Does the proposed work bring the project to a stage where it could contribute to the MaD strategy for NZ?
  • Science excellence: Is the proposed science well founded?
  • Team quality: Does the team have the appropriate expertise to undertake the project and also take it to the next stage?
  • Funding source/s: Identification of future funding that will be applied for in order to support the expansion of this project beyond the initial seeded stage plus a clear indication of any existing funding sources already in place.

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