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Guidance about the 2021 funding round will be available here on Monday 1 March 2021


Key dates for 2021

Call for Expressions of Interest opens on - Monday 1 March 2021
Closing date for Expressions of Interest -  Tuesday 4 May 2021
Notification of shortlisting decision - Thursday 24 June 2021
Closing date for Full Proposals - Thursday 26 August 2021
Notification of funding decision - Thursday 21 October 2021
TLRI funding for 2021 funding recipients commences in January 2022, or as in contract.

There are two pathways

There are two pathways: an open pathway and Whatua tū aka, a kaupapa Māori pathway. All information about Whatua tū aka, including the application template, is provided in te reo Māori and in English.

The TLRI fund is likely to be prioritising the following areas in 2021:

  • Research on topics of strategic importance within the early childhood education (ECE) or compulsory school sectors.
  • Research that supports success for Māori learners across all sectors.
  • Research that supports success for Pasifika learners across all sectors.

We have left the 2020 guidance at the bottom of this page. This will be replaced by 2021 guidance on 1 March 2021.