NeSI well-positioned to support proposals to New Zealand Data Science Research Programmes

As submissions are prepared for the New Zealand Government’s new data science investment, NeSI, with its specialised platform of computational and analytics software and services, is well-positioned to support and collaborate with applicants.

The Government is planning to invest in up to four strategic multi-disciplinary data science research programmes, each inspired by real world problems. The new investment is intended to significantly lift New Zealand’s capability, develop useful and transformative data science techniques, and create benefits for New Zealand.

Last year NeSI launched the most advanced, creative, and high-performance computing and data platform ever seen for science in New Zealand. It is supporting new capabilities in genomics research, machine learning applications, and high performance end-to-end data transfers between institutions and NeSI in partnership with national network provider REANNZ and international data transfer partner Globus. Additional new services, such as advanced data analytics tools, virtual laboratory capabilities, and remote visualisation features, are being rolled out over time, with training to ensure ease of use.

This new data science investment is an excellent opportunity to leverage NeSI as an enabler of research across a wide range of communities and disciplines, and as a national collaboration, involving partners the University of Auckland, University of Otago, NIWA, Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research, and the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment.

The total funding available for this new portfolio of data science investments is up to $49 million over 7 years. Funding available for each programme will be between $1 million to $3 million per year for 7 years. Each research programme will be contracted separately.

For more information on the New Zealand Government data science investment, click here.

If you would like to collaborate with NeSI for your data science proposal, or have questions about NeSI's resources, expertise, or data science capabilities, contact us at

Key dates for Data Science Research Programme proposal submissions:

29 April 2019 | 12.30pm - 4.00pmInformation session
7 May 2019 - 30 May 2019 | 12 noonRegistration period
7 May 2019 until 18 July 2019 | 12 noonSubmission period for proposals
July – August 2019Assessment of proposals
August 2019Assessment Panel meeting
September 2019Funding decision(s) announced
NegotiatedContract begins

NB: Dates are subject to change. For more information, refer to the MBIE website.