Public Policy Institute - Call for research proposals

About the PPI

The Public Policy Institute (PPI – has been established to foster independent, critical research on key policy issues affecting New Zealand, the Asia Pacific and the global community.

We bring together researchers from across disciplines to create and disseminate evidence-informed policy-relevant knowledge that speaks to policy agendas, amplifies policy impact and grows our partnerships with governments, local and central, as well as non-profits, communities and others engaged in policy research and evaluation in New Zealand and internationally.

The PPI is committed to creating strong relationships with iwi and hapū to ensure that all aspects of our research, teaching and external activities support and engage with mātauranga Māori and the goals of Māori self-determination and development.

Research project funding:

As part of its mandate to facilitate cross-disciplinary public policy-related research at the University of Auckland the PPI provides small amounts of seed-funding for projects related to its key research themes which are:

• Liveability, ecology, economy and infrastructure (Smart cities; Resilient Regions)

• Wellbeing across generations

• Wealth, poverty and inequality

• Diversity and justice in a bi-cultural society

• Science for policy

The grants range from $5,000 to $9,000 and should be for discrete pieces of work which can be completed in 9 months or less. The funding is intended to:

• encourage cross-disciplinary public policy research projects;

• encourage collaborations with local or central government;

• contribute to the establishment of a nationally and internationally recognised research programme in evidence -informed policy making; and

• foster new collaborations that have the potential to garner external research funding

Funding can be used for such purposes as research assistance, fieldwork, one-off purchase of data to support research, support for visiting researchers that could lead to further collaboration, promoting public engagement, and translation of existing research into externally accessible outputs.

Funding is not available for the purposes of conference attendance or travel costs for UoA staff.

There are additional funds available, by application, should project winners wish to bring a guest speaker in from somewhere else in New Zealand or overseas.

These projects can draw on staff’s existing research interests but need to include a more than one staff member and demonstrate a cross-disciplinary approach to the policy issue under investigation.

Preference will be given to projects that:

• Identify a contemporary policy challenge of significance;

• Clearly articulate how the research will address this policy challenge;

• Include scholars from more than one discipline;

• Include a public-facing seminar event that has the potential to engage external stakeholders;

Application process:

Applicants need to complete the Public Policy Institute Research Funding Application form – (see


Applications should be sent to the Research Operations Manager at the PPI –

Dr Gerard Cotterell – by 5.00 pm on 2nd October.

The proposals will be assessed by the PPI Advisory Board and the applicant will be advised of the success or otherwise of their application by Monday 28th October.


Applicants must be University of Auckland staff

Assessment criteria:

The assessment criteria for proposals are:

1. Relevance to PPI research themes

2. Research project details are clear and tied to a specified policy “challenge” or question

3. Specified outcomes are achievable

4. Quality of research team members

5. The proposal’s fit and key alignments with Vision Mātauranga

Successful applicants are required to be “affiliated” to the Public Policy Institute, meaning they agree to appear on the PPI’s website and acknowledge the PPI in outputs associated with the funding.

They are also required to deliver at least one policy brief and one blog post that highlights the projects findings.


Grants will be made for between 9 and 12 months. Researchers must submit a brief (max two

pages) report describing the results within four weeks of the end of the grant period, as well as any final products from the research.

Any questions about the process should be directed to