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 Everyone has a question - what's yours? If you had MONEY and EXPERTS to help, could you answer it?



We are now taking applications for our second funding round for projects in 2019. 

Due 3rd May 2019 - so get started right away! 

STEP 1: Download, fill out and submit your Expression of Interest

 2019 Expression of Interest form 

 SouthSci Info Booklet 

STEP 2: We will give you feedback and send you the full application form

STEP 3: Send us your completed full application form by 3rd May.

 Our project manager Dr Sarah Morgan is waiting to help - contact her on STEM@cometauckland.org.nz 


Ten SouthSci projects got underway in south Auckland in 2018.

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









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 our first three years we funded 24 projects.  

Find out all about them in our SouthSci Showcase 2015-17



How does SouthSci work?

We fund research projects in the community in 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?

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

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. 


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 3rd May 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.


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