National Project Fund
Information about Ako Aotearoa's National Project Fund and applying for funding in 2017.
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:
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.
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
- Please watch this short webinar with information about the NPF fund and application process
|Download the webinar information (200kb PDF)
- a formal review process, whereby applicants can submit their draft proposals for feedback. The review service for each RPF process will close eight working days before the RFP closes.
- a commitment to understanding and enhancing the outcomes of funded projects through our Impact Evaluation Process.
We are delighted to announce the five Māori and Pasifika projects to receive funding through the Ako Aotearoa National Project Fund (NPF) in 2017
These projects aim to make significant contribution to improving success for Māori and Pasifika tertiary learners involved in a wide area of trade and professional sectors including; agriculture, horticulture, forestry, tourism, trade, law, business, medicine, education/social work, humanities, science, engineering and creative arts. All of the projects have the potential to build considerable capability within the tertiary sector, ensuring the best possible education outcomes for all learners.
Chair of the 2017/2018 National Project Fund panel, Dr Joe Te Rito said, “I am extremely pleased with the recent NPF round, which attracted an unprecedented 17 applications. It is pleasing to see that these co-funded projects are spread well across institutions in both the academic and vocational sectors.”
The five successful projects are contracted for commencement from January 2018.
About the projects:
- Building skills for young Māori to complete education and transition into the workplace is a Primary ITO-led project to develop sustainable skills and provide employment in agriculture, horticulture, and forestry.
- Hūtia te Punga is a project collaboration between Iwi, the University of Canterbury, Otago Polytechnic, Taratahi/Whenua Kura and BCITO led by Te Tapuae o Rēhua to construct and implement a transformative practice model embracing culturally responsive professional development.
- He Vaka Moana: Navigating Māori and Pasifika Student Success Through a Collaborative Research Fellowship – Led by The University of Auckland and based on an internationally proven model, this project will develop a sustainable network of interdisciplinary fellows to drive the advancement of Māori and Pasifika student success.
- Upskilling Māori and Pasifika Workplace Learners is a project led by the Industry Training Federation focused on producing a good practice framework for guiding literacy and numeracy programmes.
- From Good to Great: The 10 Habits of Phenomenal Educators for Pasifika Learners - Victoria University of Wellington and WelTec join together to identify excellence among educators and teaching practices that are of immense benefit to Pasifika students in tertiary education.
We look forward to updating you as this significant body of work gets underway. More information will be available in late January.
- Read the Ako Aotearoa Project Funding Procedures and Guidelines 2017 (1.12 MB .PDF)
- Read the Ako Aotearoa Funding Policy (119 KB .PDF)
- Read the Ako Aotearoa synthesis of projects focused on supporting Māori learners report (2 MB PDF)
- Read the Ako Aotearoa synthesis of projects focused on supporting Pacific learners report (1mb PDF)
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.