Researchers needed for 2019 TLRI selection panel

NZCER and the TLRI Advisory Board invite applications from researchers interested in being on the six-member external selection panel that will assess Full Proposals in the 2019 funding round.

The TLRI funds research addressing themes of strategic importance to education in New Zealand that will lead to an improvement in outcomes for learners. The $1.5 million fund is allocated annually to projects at all levels of education from early childhood to tertiary. The New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZCER) coordinates the fund on behalf of the Ministry of Education.

The funding is allocated using a two-stage process. Applicants submit an Expression of Interest at Stage 1. A shortlist of applicants is then invited to submit a Full Proposal at Stage 2. The external selection panel assesses the Full Proposals in September.

Apply to be on the selection panel by Thursday 23 May

NZCER and the TLRI Advisory Board welcomes researchers interested in being on the six-member selection panel in 2019 to apply by Thursday 23 May.

You must not be submitting a proposal yourself in the 2019 TLRI funding round (as either a Principal Investigator or team member) or be involved in preparing a proposal.

Send your application by email to Please include a 1-page profile of your relevant expertise including research interests. You must also confirm your availability for key dates (see below).

We seek a diverse panel that includes those with:

  • expertise in research into teaching and learning and in specialty areas particularly relevant to the mix of shortlisted proposals
  • expertise in research methods
  • expertise in kaupapa Māori research
  • expertise in Pasifika education and research.

We also seek a panel that:

  • includes those with previous panel experience and those who are new to the role. This may include building capability for emerging or mid-career researchers.
  • has cultural and gender diversity
  • has representation from multiple institutions.

Key dates

13 June The TLRI Advisory Board will make its final decision on the composition of the panel.
30 June The panel will be confirmed and all researchers who self-nominated will be notified.
1-16 September Panellists must have 2 to 3 days available to assess proposals.
17-18 September Panellists must be available to attend a meeting in Wellington. (Travel and accommodation are arranged by NZCER, and panel members are paid a daily fee.)