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Children and Families Research Fund

About the Fund

Each year the Government awards up to $750,000 in funding for social policy-relevant research to further investigation of the information gathered by the Growing Up in New Zealand (GUiNZ) longitudinal study. GUiNZ collects information from more than 6,000 children and their families so we can better understand what it means to grow up in 21st Century New Zealand. The analysis of this data can help shape government policies that improve the lives of children and families.

The Children and Families Research Fund supports a variety of researchers to access GUiNZ data and undertake research that informs priority policy areas. It is open to applications from academics, government agencies, public and independent research organisations and non-government organisations. We hope to see more research that meets the evidence needs of New Zealand’s diverse population, and build the capacity for research with longitudinal data, including with early career researchers and those outside academia.

Round 7 Children and Families Research Fund now open

On 20 June 2022 applications opened for the Children and Families Research Fund which allows successful applicants access to Growing Up in New Zealand longitudinal study data. Applications must be received by 19 August 2022.

The Fund has two categories:

  • Standard research grants will support well-defined, high quality research projects that have been developed in response to (or anticipation of) government policy questions. Proposals will demonstrate a high level of research capability, including experience or knowledge of working with longitudinal data, be developed in close collaboration with government policy professionals developed in close collaboration with government policy professionals. Standard research projects can apply for up to $125,000 per proposal, with a maximum term of 12 months.
  • New user grants also represent high quality, policy-relevant research proposals, and are focused on increasing the diversity of GUiNZ data users and be developed in close collaboration with government policy professionals. New user projects must be led by a Principal Investigator who has not previously conducted research using GUiNZ data. They may be more focused in scope than Standard research projects (eg conducting a descriptive analysis of some GUiNZ data or a preliminary piece intended to inform later work). New user projects can apply for up to $75,000 per proposal with a maximum term of 12 months.

We encourage collaboration between researchers and government policy professionals.

Applications must link to the Child and Youth wellbeing strategy priorities and we also encourage research that aligns with MSD’s policy priorities:

  • Welfare Overhaul
  • Emergency Housing
  • Sustainable employment
  • Disability System Transformation and Accessibility
  • Social Cohesion
  • Contribution to the cross-agency Climate Change work programme

More information

If you have queries about this Fund: Email the research fund team.