5 February 2020 at 9:00 am

Update on New Zealand-China Tripartite Fund 2020

Research funded by this year’s Tripartite Fund is planned to go ahead on schedule, subject to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFAT) SafeTravel advisories.

As previously advertised, the deadline for applications is 1 March 2020, with a project start date of 1 May 2020, and end date of 30 April 2021.

Education New Zealand will provides updates on this as necessary.

Since its inception in 2005, the Tripartite Fund has supported the development of strategic research relationships between New Zealand and China.

Universities are invited to submit proposals for the latest round, with up to $30,000 available per application to support quality, high-level research and collaboration. The fund seeks to initiate new tripartite partnerships and facilitate the development of existing partnerships between a New Zealand university and two Chinese partner universities. 

Eligible Tripartite Fund subjects can be drawn from the arts, humanities, social sciences, sciences and applied sciences including agriculture, food safety, conservation, forestry, advanced materials engineering and environmental science.

Since 2009, Auckland University of Technology (AUT) has worked on tripartite collaborative projects with Shanghai Jiao-Tong University (SJTU) and Xinjiang University in China.

AUT Professor of Computer Science and Director KEDRI, Nikola Kasabov, said that the ‘three brothers’ partners have exchanged multiple visits of both staff members and students.

“The outcomes have been outstanding, including a large number of joint papers published in international journals and conferences, joint methods and software development in computational intelligence and applications in health, environment protection, and predicting hazardous events.”

Professor Kasabov was also appointed as Advisory Professor to SJTU, meeting with PhD students and staff on an annual basis.

“The collaboration helps staff and students to work together on new frontiers of information and computer sciences and technologies along with important applications for both countries.”

To apply, complete this application form and submit it to china@enz.govt.nz. Any queries can also be sent to this address.

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