Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce has announced that the Science for Technological Innovation National Science Challenge will invest $826,000 in 10 new research projects to develop disruptive technology for industry.
“The pace of technology change is accelerating so it’s important that our high-tech firms have access to the right know-how to build the sorts of innovative products that will help them to succeed in highly competitive global markets,” Joyce said.
“These new seed projects will create new knowledge through fundamental research that will support firms to contribute to the evolution of New Zealand’s growing high-tech economy.”
Joyce said individual projects, which range in duration from between one and three years, will receive up to $255,000 to fund research programmes, and will be undertaken across five universities, one CRI, and two independent research organisations.
Projects include developing the science behind a world-first dynamic electrostatic spraying system through the real-time manipulation of droplets that automatically sense and match target shapes.
According to Joyce, with this new knowledge New Zealand firms will be able to develop products that have greater accuracy, reduced waste and environmental loss for agricultural, horticultural and a broad range of industrial spraying applications.
Other projects include the development of new machine vision technology with unprecedented accuracy for the development of world-leading diagnostic products in healthcare, agriculture, and infrastructure.
In addition, investment is being made is developing a low-cost, fit-for-purpose sensor network for real-time monitoring of freshwater quality using Matauranga Māori and the latest scientific methods.
“Science for Technological Innovation is one of 11 National Science Challenges targeting specific goals that have significant, enduring benefits for New Zealand,” Joyce added.
“The Challenge’s mission is to enhance New Zealand’s capacity to use physical sciences and engineering for economic growth.”