National Project Fund
Information about Ako Aotearoa's National Project Fund and applying for funding in 2013.
- The details of the new 2013 National Project Fund (NPF) round are now available. The NPF was redeveloped in 2012 in the context of Ako Aotearoa’s new business model and consists of both contestable and commissioned projects.
Creating sustainable change
Ako Aotearoa has published a guide which can assist with the preparation of your funding application: Creating sustainable change to improve outcomes for tertiary learners
Use the links below to find further information.
- About the NPF
- Goals and objectives
- The new 2013 funding round
- Key dates for 2013
- Support for applicants
- Projects previously funded through the NPF
- Partnership projects
- Read the presentation (Powerpoint) Ako Aotearoa Funding Information Workshops 2013
The Ako Aotearoa National Project Fund (NPF) is a strategic change fund – a fund that supports evidence-based change in teaching and learning practice for the benefit of learners.
The goals of the NPF in priority order are to:
- enhance educational outcomes for learners
- contribute to the development of a more coherent knowledge base of effective tertiary teaching and learning in Aotearoa – New Zealand
- promote collaboration across and within different parts of the tertiary education sector
- build research capability and capacity.
We are pleased to announce the details of the new NPF round for 2013, and look forward to supporting change-focused projects that seek to enhance the outcomes for learners in tertiary education.
In our new round, we will be supporting 3 longitudinal projects of $200,000-$300,000 per project across 2-3 years, that is, $100,000-$150,000 contributed by Ako Aotearoa matched by the organisation.
One project will focus on outcomes for Māori learners, one on Pacific learners, and the third project will be open.
For the new round there will be no specific project areas set, but priority will be given to projects that:
- explicitly contribute to organisational investment plans and
- make progress towards the Tertiary Education Strategy 2010-2015.
Guidelines and policy
Expression of interest form
Download the NPF Expression of Interest Form (74KB DOC).
|June 2013||NPF details available|
|11 July 2013||NPF workshops begin, formal review process opens|
|9 August 2013||Final date for submitting draft proposals for feedback|
|30 August 2013||Expressions of Interest close|
|30 September 2013||Shortlisted applicants invited to submit full proposal|
|15 November 2013||Full proposals close|
|13 December 2013||Successful applicants notified|
As part of our commitment to working in partnership with project teams, our support for applicants includes:
- a guide to support the development of change projects, including Anne Alkema's, Creating sustainable change to improve outcomes for tertiary learners
a national series of workshops on developing applications
11 July – Wellington
15 July – Christchurch
16 July – Otago
18 July – Auckland
23 July – Palmerston North
1 August – Hamilton
a formal review process, whereby applicants can submit their draft proposals for feedback – please contact Rhonda Thomson, Research Manager before 9 August to submit your EOI for review
- a commitment to understanding and enhancing the outcomes of funded projects through our Impact Evaluation Process.
Click here for information about funded National Project Fund teams.
Project teams are encouraged to contact Ako Aotearoa to discuss their project ideas.
Email: Rhonda Thomson, Research Manager.
Download an information flyer with information for applicants to the new 2013 NPF funding round. (2.23 MB PDF)
Download Ako Aotearoa Funding Information Workshops 2013 powerpoint (4.29MB PPTX)
The NPF supports projects in partnership with other funders and organisations on a co-funding basis. Potential partners are encouraged to contact the National Office with a project idea as early as possible.