Nineteen projects led by researchers from Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington have been awarded grants this year from Te Pūtea Rangahau a Marsden, the Marsden Fund.
A total of $11.97 million will be provided for the 19 projects over three years.
Ten projects receive standard grants, which provide funding of up to $960,000. The remaining nine projects receive fast-start grants of $360,000. Fast-start grants are designed to support early career researchers.
Recipients of standard grants are:
- Alice Rogers, School of Biological Sciences. Project: Uncovering the functioning and importance of temperate mesophotic ecosystems, $942,000
- Clint Oakley, School of Biological Sciences. Project: What makes a coral “super”? Challenging the oxidative theory of coral bleaching to solve the coral reef crisis, $942,000
- Emily Parker, Ferrier Research Institute. Project: Deciphering the molecular details of unusual fungal biosynthetic enzymes, $941,000
- Jeff Shima, School of Biological Sciences. Project: Shining a light on lanternfishes to reveal hidden linkages between ecosystems, $942,000
- Jeremy Owen, School of Biological Sciences. Project: Awakening dormant drug biosynthesis by decoding regulatory gene networks, $941,000
- Jo Smith, School of English, Film, Theatre, Media and Communication, and Art History. Project: Seeding hope—the diverse roles of Indigenous women in food systems, $861,000
- Kai Chen, Robinson Research Institute. Project: Capturing the fleeting—tracking photophysics in organic LED and laser materials with ultrafast photoluminescence spectroscopy, $926,000
- Noam Greenberg, School of Mathematics and Statistics. Project: Connections between computability theory, effective descriptive set theory, and geometric measure theory, $712,000
- Tirta Susilo, School of Psychology. Project: Sensory hypothesis of developmental prosopagnosia, $870,000
- Victoria Chen, School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies. Project: From roots to branches—language evolution in the Austronesian family tree, $653,000.
Fast-start grants have been awarded to:
- Adam RH Stevens, School of Physical and Chemical Sciences. Project: Next-generation galaxy formation modelling for radio surveys
- Ayca Arkilic, School of History, Philosophy, Political Science and International Relations. Project: Embracing Islam—conversion, identity and belonging in Aotearoa New Zealand
- Bonnie Etherington, School of English, Film, Theatre, Media and Communication, and Art History. Project: Literatures of environment and disability from Oceania
- Brendan Harding, School of Mathematics and Statistics. Project: Mathematical modelling of inertial lift driven particle migration in complex microfluidic devices with applications to periodic duct geometries
- George Parker, School of Health. Project: Inclusion through difference—towards a new ethics of engagement with takatāpui/LGBTIQ+ parents and their families/whānau
- Liam Martin, School of Social and Cultural Studies. Project: Prisons without walls—from incarceration to e-carceration in Aotearoa New Zealand
- Louise McMillan, School of Mathematics and Statistics. Project: Unsupervised clustering of complex mixed-type data via a genetic case study
- Ohad Peleg, School of Biological Sciences. Project: Examining ecosystem stability in multidimensional space—what drives ecosystem stability now and in the future?
- Tara McAllister, School for Science in Society. Project: Vision Mātauranga—is it past its use-by date?
The Marsden Fund is administered by the Royal Society Te Apārangi. In 2023, total funding awarded nationally was $83.59 million.