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There are full-size PDFs available to download and/or view. You may have to resize or zoom the PDF to see the application form at full size.

* Expression of Interest form - One of three; all have the same fields

* Healthy Weight Project Grant - Available to successful Expressions of Interest

* Mental Resilience Project Grant - Available to successful Expressions of Interest

* Successful Learning Project Grant - Available to successful Expressions of Interest

Remember that applications must be submitted through the on-line application form; the images provided here are only for reference.

Expression of Interest form

Note that there are three expression of interest forms, one for each grant area. All are functionally identical and request the same information.

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Full application form

Note that there are three full application forms, one for each grant area. All are functionally identical and request the same information.

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A Better Start and Cure Kids Request for Proposals

1. Purpose

The New Zealand government’s National Science Challenge, A Better Start / E Tipu e Rea, is pleased to partner with [www.curekids.org.nz,Cure Kids], New Zealand’s largest independent funder of research for child health.

The aim is to jointly fund high-quality, mission-led research to improve child and youth wellbeing, specifically in the areas of healthy weight, successful learning, and mental health and resilience. The funders are looking for research that is designed to deliver practical, evidence-based solutions which directly target the three theme areas, with a focus on equitable outcomes for Māori and Pasifika communities.

2. Background

A Better Start / E Tipu e Rea National Science Challenge

The National Science Challenges were set up in 2014 to deliver strategic Government investment in research. A Better Start’s goal is to improve the potential for all young New Zealanders to lead healthy and successful lives. To achieve this, the Challenge is researching improved methods and tools to predict, prevent and intervene so children have a healthy weight, are successful learners and are emotionally and socially well-adjusted.

By 2024, A Better Start aims to achieve three high-level impacts through targeted research:

* Reduce overweight/obesity in children younger than 5 years

* Increase attainment of national reading standards at 5-6 years

* Reduce mental health problems in adolescents.

Cure Kids

Cure Kids was founded in 1971, and since that time has invested over $50 million into research to improve the understanding, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of paediatric health conditions. Cure Kids is the leading charitable funder of child health research in Aotearoa, New Zealand, and has supported several of New Zealand’s leading researchers throughout their careers. Cure Kids’ mission is to support research to transform the health of all children in New Zealand and the Pasifika. Cure Kids strives to fund research which will benefit tamariki Māori and reduce inequity. Cure Kids has significant expertise in managing contestable funding, and will administratively host this round via an online Grants Portal.

Cure Kids and A Better Start funded a Joint Round in 2017, using a contestable process to select ten research projects from a pool of about 80 proposals. The decision to run a second Joint Round has been based on an evaluation that these projects generated significant impact.

3. Funding Amount and Duration

A total funding pool of approximately $4.0m (exclusive of GST) is available for allocation. A Better Start (Government funds) and Cure Kids (non-Government funds) are contributing equally.

There will be three grant types available:

* Healthy Weight

* Successful Learning

* Mental Resilience

Grants of up to $500,000 will be available for up to 2 years’ duration. This is a stand-alone round, with no opportunity for extension of these grants, beyond 30 June 2024.

Researchers who were funded in the first Joint Round will be eligible, by invitation only, to apply for smaller Grants of up to $250,000 over 1 year to extend their research projects and enable translation into impact for children.

This funding will be contestable, with all applications scored and ranked according to the agreed assessment criteria, regardless of theme area or grant amount.

4. Funding priorities

This fund aims to improve the potential for young New Zealanders to lead healthy and successful lives. Research proposals should focus on an age range from conception through to adolescence, and early in childhood where possible.

Because a disproportionate burden of obesity, learning, and mental health problems fall on children at socio-economic disadvantage, the funders invite proposals which prioritise equitable outcomes, with a focus on Māori and Pasifika communities.

Funders are looking for high-quality research, which is designed to deliver practical, evidence-based solutions that target one or more of the three theme areas: healthy weight, successful learning, and mental health and resilience. More information about this National Science Challenge is available from A Better Start / E Tipu e Rea.

5. Application Process

The two-stage process will be administered through the Cure Kids Grants Portal. New users will need to set up applicant accounts. Proposals received after the deadline or outside of the Cure Kids Grants Portal will not be eligible for consideration.

Stage 1

Applicants should submit their Expressions of Interest (EoI) via the online portal. Applications will be due by 5pm, Wednesday 17 February 2021.

*Note*: researchers who were funded in the first joint round in 2017 will also be invited to register their interest by email before this date.

Cure Kids and A Better Start will establish Assessing Panels to review all EoIs and Full Proposals.

Stage 2

Applicants will be notified of the outcome by Wednesday, 31 March 2021. Those that have been invited to complete full proposals will need to submit them by 5pm, Wednesday 12 May 2021.

6. Eligibility

Refer to the page [#473,Eligibility for A Better Start / Cure Kids funding].

7. Budget guidelines

Refer to the page [#482,Budget guidelines for A Better Start / Cure Kids funding].

8. Assessment Process

Cure Kids and A Better Start will appoint qualified experts to assess the proposals. An Assessing Panel will be formed for each of the three theme areas, with representatives from A Better Start and Cure Kids, subject-matter experts, and experts in Māori and Pasifika health research. Any conflicts of interest will be carefully managed throughout the assessment process.

Each full proposal will be reviewed by up to three external expert referees, who will provide written reports confidentially through the online portal. There will be no rebuttal process.

A Lead Reviewer will be assigned for each proposal, and will present it to the appropriate Assessing Panel with its three reviewers’ reports. Panel members will produce individual scores for each proposal, based on the assessment criteria. Each of the three Assessing Panels will discuss every proposal in its theme area, and agree on the aggregate score and ranking.

Cure Kids and A Better Start will meet, review inputs from the three Panels, and agree a recommendation on the applications to be funded, which will be considered by both the Boards of A Better Start and Cure Kids for the final funding decision.

Applicants will be notified of the final decision in the week of 12 July, 2021.

9. Assessment Criteria

Proposals will be assessed against the following criteria:

* *IMPACT*: Will the proposal produce practical, evidence-based solutions, directly targeted to the three theme areas; healthy weight, successful learning and mental health and resilience?

* *MĀTAURANGA MĀORI*: Does the proposal value Māori methodologies, knowledge, and practices? Does it have the ability to realise Vision Mātauranga?

* *EXCELLENCE*: Is the hypothesis or area of inquiry original? Are research-users engaged throughout the research (e.g. co-design, research processes, implementation planning)? Are the design and objectives appropriate, innovative, and feasible?

* *EQUITY*: Is the proposal designed to enable equitable outcomes for Māori and Pasifika children, and for other key groups?

* *EXPERIENCE*: Does the research team have the appropriate expertise, diversity, resources, and network to deliver the study?

Note

For Grants to extend projects from the first Joint Round, greater weight will be placed on the IMPACT criteria, i.e. whether the proposal will achieve translation of the research results into practical, evidence-based solutions to improve the health and wellbeing of children.

10. Timeline

TimelineKey dates
Request for Propoals published25 November 2020
Expressions of Interest due17 February 2021
Notify all applicants of the outcome31 March 2021
Invitation to submit full proposal31 March 2021
Full proposals due12 May 2021
Peer-review processJune - July 2021
Scientific Theme Assessing Panels to meet (remotely if necessary) to discuss proposals and peer review reportsWeek of 21 June 2021
Funding recommendations to BoardsWeek of 5 July 2021
All applicants notifiedWeek of 12 July 2021
Contracts to be finalised and grants to commence30 September 2021

11. Apply now

Register and/or log into our grants portal to create your application.

12. Questions?

If you have any questions, please

* visit our [#489,Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page] or

* contact [mailto:abetterstart@curekids.org.nz,abetterstart@curekids.org.nz].

 

13. Webinars

Cure Kids and A Better Start are hosting webinars for researchers to understand more about the granting round and ask any questions. You can view the following videos on YouTube.

* Webinar: the insider's guide

* Webinar: joint fund

If you can't find the information you need, please use the "Get in touch" form on this page to send an inquiry to Cure Kids.


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