Apply for funding

Information about applying for the 2017 funding round

There is a two-stage process for submitting research proposals. Stage 1 requires an Expression of Interest, followed by submission of a Full Proposal for those shortlisted.  For further information please contact

Key dates for 2017

Call for Expressions of Interest  - Wednesday 1 March 2017
Closing date for Expressions of Interest  -   5pm, Thursday 4 May 2017
Notification of shortlisting decision  - Friday 23 June 2017
Closing date for Full Proposals   -  5pm, Thursday 17 August 2017
Notification of funding decision  -  Tuesday 10 October 2017
TLRI funding commences for 2017 funding recipients January 2018, or as in contract.

Partnerships between researchers and teachers

To be eligible for the fund, proposals need to come from partnerships involving teachers and researchers. In the context of the TLRI, teachers are defined as education and training practitioners. The category of education and training practitioners may include, but is not limited to: teachers in kindergartens, early childhood centres, kōhanga reo and Pasifika language nests; teachers in kura, primary, intermediate, and secondary schools; and lecturers, tutors, and trainers working in postschool settings such as universities, wānanga, polytechnics, private training establishments (PTEs), industry training organisations (ITOs) and workplace settings. The TLRI is open to researchers working in organisations (e.g., tertiary institutions) or working independently. However, the TLRI will not enter into contracts with individuals, requiring that contracts be with incorporated societies or similar legal entities. Staff members of the Ministry of Education or other government departments are not eligible to apply.

Considering and preparing an EOI

The document below titled Considering and preparing an EOI provides an overview of the TLRI and things to think about and include when preparing an EOI (this will be updated before EOI open in March).


He pūtea tautoko mō te rangahau Māori

New seeding grants for Māori research

A small number of seeding grants were awarded in October 2016 to support Māori research. This is in line with the TLRI's intention to support and strengthen pathways for kaupapa Māori and Māori-focused projects.

The grants were worth up to $10,000 each and aim to support Māori-led teams to develop projects for the 2017 funding round. The grants could be used for a range of activities such as holding hui, building partnerships, getting advice and proposal writing.

Applicants needed to show:

  • The rationale for their project and its fit with the TLRI
  • How the seeding grant would be used to develop their project

Applications for the seeding grants for 2017 will be confirmed later in the year. 

An information pack  about the seeding grant (from 2016) is available here or below. A cover sheet for applications can be downloaded below.

If you have any inquiries about the seeding grants, email