Science Journalism Fund – new 2019 round now open
The Aotearoa New Zealand Science Journalism Fund will award a second round of funding this year, with projects due mid-2020.
Grants up to $5000 are available to fund reporting linked to the themes below, with preference given to projects that would otherwise be unlikely to attract resourcing.
working for online, television, radio, newspapers and
magazines, including freelancers for all of the above, are
welcome to apply.
Projects will be allowed a longer turnaround time than previous years, with stories required to be published before 1 July 2020.
Funding is available under the following
Living on the edge? – $5000
Volcanoes, floods, tsunami, land slips,
earthquakes — risks from a range of natural hazards are a
defining feature of life in Aotearoa NZ. Decisions made
every day by families, businesses, and communities
addressing or ignoring these risks have consequences that
may not be apparent for years or decades. This category
invites projects focused on any aspect of natural hazard
risk and resilience, including consumer, economic and
outcomes from recent research.
Funded by EQC. EQC is on a mission to reduce the impact of natural disaster on people and property.
Surviving (and thriving
after) the next big quake – $5000
Earthquakes are an ever-present hazard that NZ can’t afford to ignore. What lessons have been learned from major quakes like Kaikōura and Canterbury and how are these being applied on the ground in communities the length and breadth of New Zealand? What has actually changed when it comes to the
country’s infrastructure, attitudes and outlook? How far is there still to go before the next big one hits?
Funded by QuakeCoRE. QuakeCoRE is transforming
the earthquake resilience of communities and societies
through innovative worldclass
Could soil carbon save the world? – $5000
As well as providing nearly all our
food and helping to regulate the earth’s atmosphere, soils
are one of the main global stores of carbon. We invite
proposals relating to the science of soil carbon,
New Zealand’s soil carbon is now being measured, monitored and managed – and what the future effects of changes in soil carbon might be on our changing climate.
Funded by Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research. Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research is the Crown Research Institute for our land environment, tasked with helping New Zealanders understand and care for our land and the rich biology that shares this land with us.
Apply here – closing date 10 Nov
This is the fifth round of grants announced since the fund’s launch in 2017.
Topics awarded in previous rounds have ranged from climate change and sea level rise, to data privacy and robots in healthcare, to fisheries science and gene editing. You can read more about completed projects here.
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.