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.
Established in 2008, the NPF has developed a large body of work and we are now well positioned to identify key areas we want to build on.
To ensure our funding supports a balanced portfolio and addresses key sector priorities that have received less attention.
We will announce the 2017 contestable funding offer at the beginning of March 2017.
Beginning March 2017
Announce the 2017 contestable funding offer
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
- registrations opening March 2017: a national series of funding information sessions on developing applications:
- TBC – Christchurch
- TBC – Dunedin
- TBC – Wellington
- TBC – Palmerston North
- TBC – Auckland
- TBC – Hamilton
- 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.
The Ako Aotearoa NPF Selection Panels are independent groups that evaluate applications to the NPF.
Project teams are encouraged to contact Ako Aotearoa’s Project Funds Manager to discuss their project ideas.
- Read the Ako Aotearoa Project Funding Procedures and Guidelines 2017 (1.12 MB .PDF)
- Read the Ako Aotearoa Funding Policy (119 KB .PDF)
- Download Ako Aotearoa Funding Information Session 2016 powerpoint presentation (3.5MB .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.