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Marsden Fund Council welcomes $66 million increase

Marsden Fund Council welcomes $66 million increase in funding over the next four years

The Marsden Fund Council is delighted at the government’s increased commitment to excellent, investigator-led research by New Zealand's best and brightest researchers.

This increase reflects the impact and quality of the research carried out by the Marsden community, particularly the long term difference it makes to New Zealand in all spheres of endeavour. Much of this research was showcased in our ‘Celebration of Twenty Years of the Marsden Fund’ in 2014. We look forward to building on this legacy with this new investment which presents an exciting opportunity to expand the reach of Fund to make a bigger impact at home and maintain our international standing.

The Marsden Fund is one of the most competitive research funds in the world. It demands high risk - high gain projects and encourages our researchers to think boldly and ask challenging, brave questions. Some of these projects will make a transformational difference to how we think about the world and New Zealand's place within it, the health and well-being of our people, and our economic growth. Beyond this, these endeavours foster a community of researchers who make a huge difference to this country. These people are from all academic disciplines and they recognise and understand the latest developments overseas and help us to be early adopters of new ideas and technologies. Without these people, we would struggle to take advantage of all the research that takes place globally or play our part in this international community. This boost in resource will allow us to expand our national community of excellent researchers, and increase the breadth and depth of the projects undertaken.

ENDS

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