National Project Fund
Information about Ako Aotearoa's National Project Fund and applying for funding in 2013.
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 2013 funding round
- Key dates for 2014
- Support for applicants
- Projects funded under the NPF
- NPF Selection Panel
- Partnership projects
- Read the presentation (Powerpoint) Ako Aotearoa Funding Information Workshops 2014.
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 2014, and look forward to supporting change-focused projects that seek to enhance the outcomes for learners in tertiary education.
In the 2014 round, we will be supporting four 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.
As a guide, one project will focus on outcomes for Māori learners, one on Pacific learners, and two will have an open focus.
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).
|Mid-March||NPF details available|
|19 May 2014||NPF workshops begin, formal review process opens|
|20 June 2014||Final date for submitting draft proposals for feedback|
|11 July 2014||Expressions of Interest close|
|11 August 2014||Shortlisted applicants invited to submit full proposal|
|10 October 2014||Full proposals close|
|12 November 2014||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
19 May – Christchuch
20 May – Dunedin
22 May – Wellington
23 May – Palmerston North
28 May – Auckland
29 May – Hamilton
- a formal review process, whereby applicants can submit their draft proposals for feedback – please contact Rhonda Thomson, Research Manager before 20 June 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 in progress NPF projects.
Click here for information about completed NPF projects.
The Ako Aotearoa NPF SelectionPanel is an independent group that evaluates application to the NPF. Click here for information about the panel.
Project teams are encouraged to contact Ako Aotearoa to discuss their project ideas.
Email: Rhonda Thomson, Research Manager.
Download Ako Aotearoa Funding Information Workshops 2014 powerpoint (3.96MB 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.