Our Research

Our mission is to enable New Zealanders to adapt, manage risk and thrive in a changing climate. We're achieving this by connecting science with society, through five interlinked programmes.


Find information here about current, open research funding rounds, and about other funding opportunities.

Research funding for Māori

Two new research funds, Te Taura and Te Aho, open for expressions of interest on June 1, 2021: https://deepsouthchallenge.co.nz/karanga-research-funding-for-maori/

Vision Mātauranga scholarships

The Deep South Challenge partners with three institutions to offer scholarship opportunities (up to $20,000 each) for students completing their Masters (by thesis) studies. We’re offering these scholarships in partnership with:

The scholarships have been established to build cross-disciplinary research capability and capacity in global change studies. We’re hopeful of awarding six scholarships this year, building capacity and capability for Maori-led research into climate change implications and adaptation options. 

Applicants must be ready to enter their thesis year of Masters studies, and their proposed research needs to fits within the themes of our Vision Matauranga Programme:

  • Theme 1: Understanding climate change – linkages, pressure points and potential responses
  • Theme 2: Exploring adaptation options for Māori communities
  • Theme 3: Assistance to Māori businesses to aid decision-making and long-term sustainability
  • Theme 4: Products, services and systems derived from mātauranga Māori (including Te Reo Māori me ōna Tikanga)

For more information contact: Sandy Morrison (VM Programme Lead).

Other funding rounds in progress

We are soon to announce new research projects in our Processes and Observations programme. Research teams have been invited to submit full funding research proposals to our Impacts and Implications programme.