The National Science Challenges

The National Science Challenges are designed to generate better science faster and deliver results in areas most likely to benefit New Zealand. They are far reaching, bold and will have high impact through investment in integrated multidisciplinary research.

The Challenges introduce a new mission-led approach to investing in scientific research in New Zealand.

By drawing together scientists from different institutions and across disciplines, and focusing research on major issues facing New Zealand, the government aims to get better value from its investment in science and innovation.

The research programmes underway as part of the National Science Challenges have been selected because of their potential to deliver major and enduring benefits for New Zealand.

There are 11 challenges, all of which seek answers to large, complex questions of national significance.

The National Science Challenges are overseen by the Ministry of Business Innovation & Employment.