What you need to know

30 November 2016

Here’s more information about the Superu Children and Families Research Fund that you need to know. A complete set of documents, including the application form, guidelines and background information, is available on our website.

Funding totaling $750,000 a year, every year is available until 2025/26 with $1,050,000 available in the first funding round.

Applicants are encouraged to discuss their initial scoping with Superu to test the policy relevance of the proposed research, enhancing policy collaboration and how GUiNZ data underpins this policy research endeavour. 

Applicants are expected to have consulted or co-developed their thinking with the agencies or individuals they are expecting to partner or engage with in the research project.

The table below sets out an indicative timeline for the Fund:

Task Indicative date
Publish call for applications for 2016/17 1 December 2016
Applications close 28 February 2017
Assessment panel meets March 2017
DAC reviews external Data Access applications April 2017
Funding decision May 2017


Proposals will be assessed by a panel in accordance with the prescribed criteria and a scoring guide. While these ensure a consistent approach, the panel may be required to exercise judgement in determining the relative merits of similarly scoring applications or in recommending a final mix of proposals recommended for funding. A profile of panel members will be posted here soon.

Applications provisionally recommended to be funded by Superu must submit an application to the GUiNZ Data Access Committee (DAC). It is made up of representatives from the University of Auckland, key government agencies (the Ministries of Health, Education and Social Development) and Superu.

Research must be published so everyone in the social sector can benefit from it.

It is proposed that contract payments will be made in three instalments: 50% once the contract is signed, 25% at a mid-point, and 25% following completion of the contract deliverables.

A flow diagram outlining the application and delivery process, from initial scoping to submitting the final research, is available here.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss your proposed research questions, please contact Sankar Ramasamy on 04 917 7044 or sankar.ramasamy@superu.govt.nz

Last update: 1 Dec 2016