MaD-IMM Seed Funding

The MaD-IMM Seed Fund invited applications for collaborative research projects in the areas of manufacturing and design during the latter half of 2017

The first two calls for proposals generated applications for seven projects from three faculties, all involving cross-faculty collaboration within the University of Auckland, some with cross-institutional collaborations and with a requirement for developing additional external collaborations. Five of the seven proposals have been funded with up to $30,000 per project with  projects  commencing in late 2017/early 2018, and with the maximum project duration being one year.

Listed below are each Principal Applicant – University of Auckland Faculty – Topic, for the five funded projects:

  • Kenneth Husted – Business – Disruptive process innovation in low- and medium-tech SMEs in New Zealand
  • Alisyn Nedoma – Engineering – Wash your hands! Upscaling the production of integrated sensors by hybrid additive manufacturing for detecting and improving handwashing compliance in a clinical setting
  • David Wynn – Engineering – Representing and reasoning about information quality in collaborative engineering design
  • Peter Smith – Business – Bridging the WIDER Gap: Understanding and facilitating the development of practices and structures for better utilising the main pillars of knowledge in the manufacturing and design sector
  • Wei-Qin Zhuang – Engineering – STOP: A Smart Sewer System


Successful seed fund project applications must include researchers from the University of Auckland 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

Specific criteria included:

  • 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.