Active Research Essentials

Welcome to the BioHeritage National Science Challenge! We’re one of 11 National Science Challenges (NSCs), but we like to think we do things a little bit differently.

    1. Logic Frameworks

    We’ve changed a lot of things in the last year but there is logic to our madness. In fact, there has been an astounding amount of work put in by a variety of knowledgeable people to get us to this point. You can click the following links if you’d like to peek under the lid at our logic frameworks for the National Science Challenge or Ngā Rākau Taketake mahi (work).

    2. Contestable Funding

    No, there’s no contestable funding! We’re rebelling against the traditional funding model and because of this many people are wondering how we’re putting teams together. We want to be as transparent as possible about this process so please click here to read how we build the ‘right teams’, and how you can too.

    3. Scoping process timeline

    Because we’re breaking the mould in Tranche 2, setting up investments has taken a little longer than usual. You can find a timeline of the process here, along with information about what’s going on behind the scenes.

    4. Partnership with Māori

    Working in partnership with Māori underpins everything we do in Tranche 2. This is particularly important in our investments. We believe that to create impact and long-term benefit we must adequately resource Māori to participate fully in New Zealand’s science and innovation system. You can find our guidelines for working in partnership with Māori here.

    5. Equity, Diversity, Access and Inclusion Policy

    This is one of the many values we hold close and try to live by every day. To see the full list of our values, inclusion policies and codes of conduct you can click here.

    6. Prioritising the priorities

    Of course, everything is important. And there are some important things that are essential. And there are some essential things that are urgent. Unfortunately we are able to invest a very finite amount into research and related activities, so we had to prioritise the priorities – click here to find out how we did it.

    7. Criteria for choosing research leads and lead providers

    If you can see yourself leading one of the areas identified for Tranche 2 investment please take a minute to read what we are looking for in co-leaders and their organisations. We are determined to ensure our values are upheld in every aspect of the Challenge, so it is vital both you and your host organisation are on board with these.

    8. Conflict of Interest policy

    If you’re ‘on the kaupapa’ with how we believe things should be done then the next step is to think about any conflict of interest you might have. A mere two degrees of separation in Aotearoa can lead to everyone knowing someone who will benefit from anything, so it’s a good idea to read how we approach conflicts of interest.

    9. Annual Workplan template

    If you’re still reading you must have signed up to be part of the team (woohoo!), so you might need our Annual Workplan Template. This is a guide to putting together the ‘right teams’ and how to actively manage research and related activities. You’ll also need an Intellectual Property Management plan to manage the information going into, or coming out of your project.

    10. Communications Plan template

    To avoid duplication of work or the spontaneous combustion of your social licence, please ensure you communicate your mahi (work) before, during and after it happens. To do this you’ll need a communications plan – click here for a template.

    11. Intellectual Property Management Plan

    This IP Plan sets out how the Challenge Members intend to manage the intellectual property arising from Challenge Programmes to maximise the benefit of that Project IP for New Zealand.

    12. Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)

    Now that you’re on your feet please remember that we have people we need to report to as well. The BioHeritage Challenge has set Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for Tranche 2 funding, and we also have KPIs for the independent funding we received for Ngā Rākau Taketake. Click the respective links to read these.

    13. Key messages for our scoping process

    Read our Key Messages document, so you get an idea of the work that has gone on behind the scenes to get us to this point. Since you’ll be a critical part of building the right teams to get the most impact, we’ve written a guide to help you pick the perfect people.

    14. Why get involved with BioHeritage?

    Curious about the BioHeritage Challenge but not sure you want to be a part of it? Read this pdf to discover what we're all about.

    15. Summary: Operating principles, values, codes of conduct, and diversity and inclusion policies

    Curious about the BioHeritage Challenge but not sure you want to be a part of it? Read this pdf to discover what we're all about.

    16. Recognition Guidelines

    The following guidelines have been created to help you recognise and promote your involvement with New Zealand’s Biological Heritage National Science Challenge.

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