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Science Journalism Fund - round 3 closes soon

Science Journalism Fund - round 3 closes soon


Applications close on Friday for the third round of the Aotearoa New Zealand Science Journalism Fund.

Eligibility criteria have been updated for this round. If you've got an idea for a project, but haven't found time to put through an application, we encourage you to get in touch.

Grants ranging in value from $500 to $5000 are available to fund reporting on new topics including Māori perspectives on predator control and diversity in science, with preference given to projects that would otherwise be unlikely to attract resourcing.

More information and apply here. Applications close Friday, 27 July.

Funding is available under the themes:

Pest control and Māori - $5000
Aotearoa now has an ambitious goal to become predator-free by 2050. What does this mean for Māori communities? How does this goal fit with a Māori worldview? Preference will be given to stories focusing on efforts to control mammalian predators. Funded by New Zealand’s Biological Heritage National Science Challenge.

Whose science? - $5000
Efforts to broaden participation in science and smash outdated stereotypes about "what a scientist looks like" have gained momentum in recent years. We invite projects that focus on diverse communities involved in creating science. Funded by the Science Communicators Association of New Zealand.

Agricultural greenhouse gases and options to reduce agricultural emissions - $3700
In New Zealand, emissions from agriculture account for about half of all our greenhouse gases. We’re looking for ideas that explore the topic and reduction opportunities, and particularly encourage applications that include use of innovative media such as video and infographics. Funded by the New Zealand Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Research Centre.

Science on Ice - $3600
Antarctica’s past can tell us about the future. Its biology provides an early warning system for environmental change. The icy continent drives the global climate system. There Is $3,600 available in this theme to fund a story or stories that feature New Zealand research in Antarctica. Funded by Antarctica New Zealand.

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About the Aotearoa New Zealand Science Journalism Fund

The Aotearoa New Zealand Science Journalism Fund is the first independent journalism fund dedicated to furthering coverage of the science-related issues that impact New Zealanders. The fund was set up by Rebecca Priestley, winner of the 2016 Prime Minister’s Science Communicator's Prize, in association with the Science Media Centre, to support journalism that highlights the science that underpins, or informs, major issues facing our society.

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