Apply for funding


Information about applying for the 2016 funding round will be available here on Tuesday 1 March 2016

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 2016

Call for Expressions of Interest  - Tuesday 1 March 2016
Closing date for Expressions of Interest  - 5pm Thursday 5 May 2016
Notification of shortlisting decision  - Friday 24 June 2016
Closing date for Full Proposals   - 5pm Thursday 18 August 2016
Notification of funding decision  - Tuesday 11 October 2016
TLRI funding commences for 2016 funding recipients January 2017, 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.