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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 longitudinal study.

Growing Up in New Zealand (GUiNZ) collects information from 6,800 children and their families so we can understand 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 New Zealand children and families.

The Children and Families Research Fund supports researchers to access GUiNZ data and to 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.

The aim is 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 of academia.

Latest Children & Families Research Fund Round

Round 5 of the Fund is now open for applications, and closes on Wednesday 14 October 2020. This funding round has two categories:

  • Standard Research Grant: Up to $125,000 per proposal. Projects will demonstrate strong research capability, experience with working with longitudinal data, and involve close collaboration with government policy professionals.
  • New User Grant: Up to $75,000 per proposal. This category is focused on increasing the diversity of people using Growing Up in New Zealand (GUiNZ) data and must be led by a Principal Investigator who has not previously conducted research using GUiNZ data.

This year, in addition to earlier data sets, data from the children aged eight years old will also be available to Children and Families Fund applicants for the first time.

We welcome applications from academics, public and independent research organisations, non-government organisations, and government agencies. We’re particularly interested in supporting research proposals from people and institutions that are new to the fund and who have a pressing policy question to explore.

More information

Children and Families Research Fund – Funded research

Read about and access research that has received funding.

Children and Families Research Fund - Information for successful applicants

Templates and guidance for funded projects.

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