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We are now taking applications for funding for projects in 2019.  

Due 22nd February 2019! 

Get in touch to start working on your project application - or download the info booklet and form below. 

 SouthSci Application Information  

 2019 Expression of Interest form - get in touch as soon as possible to get the full application form due 22nd February 2019. 


What is SouthSci? 

SouthSci is a participatory science platform in south Auckland.

It is a new way of connecting schools and communities with science by supporting them to develop research projects around questions that matter to them.

We aim to show our young people the value of science skills and to highlight career pathways through collaborations with local science businesses, researchers and technicians.

During SouthSci’s first three years as a pilot programme we funded 24 projects. Find out all about them in our SouthSci Showcase 2015-17.

Click on the cover image to read or download as a pdf 


Ten new SouthSci projects are underway in south Auckland after two funding rounds so far in 2018.

Topics range from from edible insects and bioplastics, to raising queen bees and ‘smart’ recycling bins that signal when they’re full. 











How does SouthSci work?

We fund research projects in the community within south Auckland around a topic of interest to the group running them.

For example, if you are trying to clean up the streams in your neighbourhood, you might want to know what kind of chemicals are in the water. We could work with you to design a research project sampling water quality in streams. You could then work with local scientists to analyse the samples in a laboratory – and then start to try and fix the pollution issues.

Who can get involved?

Every project must be a collaboration between the community, educators, science or STEM professionals, and young people.

Community means community groups, schools, iwi, Pasifika organisations, businesses and science education professionals who work with children and young people. 

Applicants and projects must be based within or have access to the south Auckland areas on the map. 

How much money can we apply for? 

You can apply for up to $20,000 for a project.

When can we apply?

The deadline for the next funding round is 22nd February 2019 for projects in 2019. 

For all the information and to get your application started, download:

 SouthSci Application Information  

 2019 Expression of Interest form - get in touch as soon as possible to get the full application form due 22nd February 2019. 


Want to know more?


Dr Sarah Morgan, Project Manager


Sarah is the project manager - and it’s her job to answer any and all questions about the project, so don’t be shy about asking!

She has a background in research science and can help you find plenty of experts to work with.

Sarah will also be working with the project teams who are funded.

If you have any questions about current or potential projects, email Sarah at STEM@cometauckland.org.nz 




SouthSci is one of three regional initiatives under A Nation of Curious Minds – He Whenua Hihiri i te Mahara, funded by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

SouthSci is co-hosted by COMET Auckland and the Auckland STEM Alliance