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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.

The following applications have been approved for Round Four of the Children and Families Research Fund

  1. Inequalities in health-related parenting behaviours over early childhood and children’s health (Dr Kate Prickett, The Research Trust of Victoria University of Wellington).
  2. Good learning partnerships between parents/whānau and early learning services and with schools/Kura, and how these partnerships support child wellbeing and learning outcomes (Dr Elliot Lawes, New Zealand Council for Educational Research).
  3. Causes and consequences of barriers to primary health care (Associate Dr Mona Jeffreys, The Research Trust of Victoria University of Wellington).
  4. Mothers’ work choices and outcomes in the first years of their children’s lives (Isabella Sin, Motu Economic and Public Policy Research).
  5. The impact of housing on the health and well-being of Children and their Families (Lynn Riggs, Motu Economic and Public Policy Research).

It’s expected that these projects will be completed in 2021.

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.