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The call for applications for 2023 is now open

There are two pathways

The TLRI has two pathways: an Open pathway and Whatua Tū Aka, a kaupapa Māori pathway. 

Links to the 2023 Expression of Interest Guidance document and application templates are provided below.

Key dates for 2023 for both pathways 

Call for Expressions of Interest opens: Both pathways Wednesday 1 March, 2023
Closing date for Expressions of Interest: Both pathways 5pm, Monday 1 May, 2023
Call for Whatua Tū Aka Full Proposal applications opens Wednesday 3 May, 2023
Panel feedback provided to all applicants and Open pathway applicants notified of shortlisting decision Thursday 22 June, 2023
Closing date for Full Proposals: Both pathways 5pm, Thursday 24 August, 2023
Applicants notified of funding decision: Both pathways Thursday 19 October, 2023
TLRI funding for recipients commences January 2024, or as in contract

This year the TLRI fund is prioritising the following areas:

  • Research on topics of strategic importance within the early childhood education and/or compulsory school sectors.
  • Research that focuses on success for Māori learners as Māori in any sector.
  • Research that focuses on success for Pacific learners as Pacific in any sector.

Recent changes to the Whatua Tū Aka application process

Researchers can now apply to Whatua Tū Aka at either the Expression of Interest or the Full Proposal stage. Whatua Tū Aka applicants who submit an Expression of Interest application will receive panel feedback that they can use to inform their Full Proposal application. To be considered for funding, Whatua Tū Aka applicants must submit an application at the Full Proposal stage. You can read more about this new opportunity in the Guidance document.

An opportunity for applicants submitting Pacific-focussed applications

Last year, the TLRI introduced a new opportunity for researchers submitting proposals that focus on supporting success for Pacific learners. Applicants submitting Pacific-focused proposals to the TLRI’s Open pathway can now choose to have their applications assessed against a new set of Pacific criteria. You can read more about this opportunity in the Guidance document.

There are five documents available on this page:

  • TLRI Expression of Interest 2023 GUIDANCE
  • Expression of Interest 2023 (Open pathway template) 
  • Expression of Interest 2023 (Pacific-focused Open pathway template) 
  • Expression of Interest 2023 (Whatua Tū Aka - te reo Māori template)
  • Expression of Interest 2023 (Whatua Tū Aka - English language template)