Children and Families Research Fund – 2018/2019 funding round

Applications for current funding are welcomed by Friday 31 August 2018.

The fund is open to government agencies, non-government organisations, academics, and public and independent research organisations with demonstrated research capability.

Research proposals must constitute discrete projects in their own right, make use of Growing Up in New Zealand (GUiNZ) data and be completed within 12 months from the date GUiNZ data is accessed.

Applicants must engage with social sector agencies to maximise the policy relevance of their proposed research. We encourage researchers and policy professionals to co-develop research proposals.

Funding is capped at a maximum of $150,000.

Applying for funding

The application process includes a number of stages. Please read the Application Pack carefully, and submit the Children and Families Research Fund application form (as provided in the Application Pack) and GUiNZ Data Access Form by Friday 31 August 2018 to

Key dates


Application process steps

Tuesday 3 July 2018

Call for applications

Friday 31 August 2018

Applications close:

Fund Application Form and GUiNZ Data Access Form submitted

September 2018

Funding applications assessed and applicants notified

November 2018

GUiNZ Data Access applications assessed for shortlisted candidates

By end November 2018

Funding approved and contracting begins

Application assessment and selection

Applications for funding are assessed by an independent selection panel with expertise across the research and policy sectors who are able to assess the methodology rigour and relevance of proposals to the fund objectives.

The panel will assess the applications based on criteria derived from the fund objectives:

  • increase the number of high-quality, high-impact, policy-relevant research projects using GUiNZ data
  • facilitate partnerships between government and researchers and foster evidence-informed policy and decision-making
  • build sector capacity for research with longitudinal data, including with non-academic and early career researchers
  • support use of GUiNZ data to meet the evidence needs of Māori and Pacific peoples, and to understand, promote and further whānau wellbeing
  • increase the impact of funded research through effective research dissemination and application

GUiNZ data access

More information about accessing GUiNZ data is available at:

For further information

The Ministry welcomes feedback at any stage in the funding round.

Applicants are welcome to discuss potential proposals with the fund administrators.

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