Family - Three generations

Children and Families Research Fund

Each year the Government awards up to $750,000 in funding for social policy-relevant research focused on further investigation of the information gathered through the Growing Up in New Zealand longitudinal study.

Growing Up in New Zealand (GUiNZ) collects information from 6,800 children and their families to build understanding of what it means to grow up in 21st Century New Zealand. The analysis of this information is helping shape government policies that better meet the needs of children and families in New Zealand.

The Children and Families Research Fund supports researchers to access GUiNZ data and to undertake research that informs the priority policy areas. It is open to applications from academics, government agencies, public and independent research organisations and non-government organisations.

The fund also aims to encourage research that meets the evidence needs of New Zealand’s diverse population, as well as building the capacity for research with longitudinal data, including with early career researchers and those outside of academia.

The Children and Families Research Fund transferred to the Ministry of Social Development on 1 November 2017. Previously the fund was managed by Superu, which was disestablished on 30 June 2018.

For further information about the fund please email:

2018/2019 funding round

Applications for the 2018/2019 funding round closed on Friday 31 August 2018.