Strategic Research Excellence Fund 2017

A new centrally-supported research fund is now available for eligible Massey University researchers. The Strategic Research Excellence Fund (SREF) was recently launched by the Assistant Vice-Chancellor, Research, Academic & Enterprise to promote research that aligns with the University’s strategic objectives and our commitment to support high-quality research at Massey.  

The fund is open to all Massey research staff who may apply either individually or in  groups. Applications to the SREF will be considered by a selection committee, chaired by the AVC RAE, and outcomes will be advised in early August. The funding will be available for the successful applicants to expend within the 2018 calendar year.

Online applications open on Tuesday, 6 June and close on Friday, 30 June.

Application Process

All Strategic Research Excellence Fund (SREF) & International Visitor Research Fund (IVRF) applications will need to comply with the fund guidelines and eligibility requirements and be completed using the provided application templates. 

If your proposed research meets these guidelines and requirements and you have completed the application templates, please submit via the online portals below:

SREF IVRF

If you require any assistance or guidance in regards to the application process please contact Ross Holland, R.Holland1@massey.ac.nz, or extn 83864.

Objectives

The objectives of the Strategic Research Excellence Funds are to:

  • Provide research funding for projects that are strategically aligned with the University’s strategic priorities as outlined in the University’s Research Strategy and key strategic planning documents;
  • Support researchers to develop and foster high-quality research collaborations, especially with international co-researchers;
  • Enhance the researcher’s competitiveness in bidding for external research funds, i.e. seeding or piloting a new or developing project.

For 2017 the Massey University Strategic Research Excellence Fund is designed to advance the strategic research initiatives and areas of relevance as committed to by Massey University in the key strategy documents.

Categories & Eligibility Criteria

These are University-wide contestable funds, open to all researchers across all Colleges and Research Centres. The basis for selection for the awarding of these funds will be: quality of the proposed research, a record of outstanding scholarly achievement, evidence of excellence in current and future research endeavors.

SREF - Maori Researchers' Award


Māori Researcher Awards are granted annually to Performance Based Research Fund eligible Māori academic staff to assist them in the advancement of their research. The award, which consists of up to $10,000, is granted to the academic unit where the staff member is located, to enable (for example) the researcher to be relieved of an appropriate amount of teaching and administrative duties. The award is generally provided for completing a current research programme, writing up a completed research programme or commencing a new research programme. Applicants are also required to indicate the potential of the research for Māori advancement and Māori development, and the research’s alignment with Kia Mārama: Māori@Massey 2020 Strategy.

SREF - Pasifika Researchers' Award


Pasifika Researchers’ Awards are granted annually to Performance Based Research Fund eligible Pasifika academic staff to assist them in the advancement of their research careers. The award, which consists of up to $10,000, is made to the academic unit to enable the staff member to be relieved of an appropriate amount of teaching and administrative duties. The award is generally provided for completing a current research programme, writing up a completed research programme or undertaking a new research programme. Candidates will also be required to indicate the potential of the research for Pasifika advancement and Pasifika development, and the research’s alignment with Pearls of Wisdom, Pasifika Strategy.

SREF - University Research Award


University Research Awards are granted annually to Performance Based Research Fund eligible academic staff in recognition of research excellence. University Research Awards are available to staff of the colleges of Health, Humanities & Social Sciences, Sciences and Creative Arts and the Massey Business School. The award, which consists of up to $10,000, is made to the academic unit to, for example, enable the staff member to be relieved of an appropriate amount of teaching and administrative duties. The award is generally provided for completing a current research programme, writing up a completed research programme or undertaking a new research programme

SREF - Early Career Project Funding


The Early Career Project Funding is awarded in recognition of outstanding research achievements.  The purpose of this fund is to recognise potential and/or acknowledge achievements with financial support and resources to enable these researchers to progress their research platform.  Project funding is granted annually to Performance Based Research Fund eligible early career staff to assist them in the advancement of their research. An Early Career Researcher is defined as an academic who has completed their PhD or the highest equivalent degree in their discipline, within seven years of conferment of the degree, with a minimum of a 0.2 FTE and a minimum employment contract period of two years. The award, which consists of up to $10,000 in funding, is for completing a current research programme, writing up a completed research programme or undertaking a new research programme.

International Visitor Research Fund


The International Visitor Research Fund has been established to promote high quality research outputs through collaboration and co-publication between Massey University academics and international researchers. It does this through providing financial assistance to support the international travel costs of reputable researchers to come to Massey University for at least a month (but in exceptional circumstances shorter periods may be considered by the committee). The researcher is expected to work with staff at Massey University on research activities with high quality outputs. It is intended this collaboration will enhance Massey University’s international research reputation and profile and encourage staff to apply for larger New Zealand and international research grants. Grants will be a maximum of $5,000, to be used towards flights and accommodation. Additional costs of the visit, including those associated with longer stays and arrangements for accommodation, must be met by the host academic unit or out of other sources.

Please note the International Visitor Research Fund (IVRF) has three submission dates per annum:

            1st March

            30th June, and

            1st November

Outcomes & Reporting

The University Research Committee, which is responsible for over-sighting the SERF, seeks to support research in many ways. Applicants will be advised of the outcome by early to mid August. Staff members have the right to make a case for support outside the guidelines and should clearly specify the type of assistance they need. Nevertheless, the expectation is that the following guidelines broadly define the boundaries, and awards outside of them will be considered as exceptions. Please note that the Committee’s decision is final and no appeals will be considered.

Applicants should be aware that the award of a grant would imply an undertaking on their part to report on progress as and when requested to do so.

A Final Report will be required to be submitted at the end of the project period and a template will be provided. The Final Report will be assessed by the University Research Committee at the first available meeting after the closing date for submission of the report.

Funding

Funding for successful applicants commences in January of the following year for a period of 12 calendar months. 

Checklist for submitting SREF applications 2017

The application is completed online – there are a number of documents that need to be completed and uploaded as a part of the application process. Select the file/Save to your desktop. 

  1.   Strategic Research Excellence Fund Guidelines.docx (77 KB)
  2.   SREF Template Description of Research.docx (60 KB)
  3.   SREF Template Research Design.docx (61 KB)
  4.   SREF Template Strategic Outcomes.docx (67 KB)
  5.   NZ RST CV.docx (15 KB)
  6.   SREF Budget.docx (58 KB)
  7.   SREF Declaration of Support template.doc (52 KB)
  8.   SREF Assesment Criteria.docx (25 KB)

Checklist for submitting IVRF applications 2017

The application is completed online – there are a number of documents that need to be completed and uploaded as a part of the application process. Select the file/Save to your desktop.

  1. International Visitor Research Fund Guidelines.docx (281 KB)
  2. International Visitor Research Fund Budget template.doc (61 KB)
  3. NZ RST CV.docx (15 KB)
  4. International Visitor Research Fund Declaration of Support template.doc (52 KB)

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